We have learned that neighbourhood renewal construction will be staged over three years, from 2019 to 2021. Primary upgrades to neighbourhood infrastructure include: local and collector roads, sidewalks, sidewalk connections, curb ramps, curbs, gutters, and street lights.
On Tuesday, October 2 from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. Building Great Neighbourhoods is hosting a drop-in engagement event at the Winnifred Stewart Association (11130 131 Street NW) for projects that impact Inglewood or the surrounding area. In addition to the Inglewood Neighbourhood Renewal project, there will also be a number of other project teams in attendance to share information or seek input.
For the Neighbourhood Renewal project, this event will be an opportunity for the public to explore and provide feedback on the draft concepts for the neighbourhood, including:
walkways and connectivity
bike routes and infrastructure
traffic calming measures
ideas to enhance public parks and green spaces
opportunities to reflect Inglewood’s identity and character
We will also be looking to understand the community’s priorities for the neighbourhood. Collectively, this information will help us refine the concepts and inform the preliminary designs, which will also be shared with the public for feedback later in the project.
As with our past Inglewood events, we have worked with other projects that impact the neighbourhood to present a coordinated engagement opportunity for the public to share their feedback as conveniently as possible:
The Neighbourhood Revitalization project team will be present to share information about when they will begin working in Inglewood and to hear the public’s thoughts on how Revitalization can support them in making their neighbourhood more safe, connected, active and vibrant through a focus on the social elements of the area
The 124 Street project team will be present to learn from the public about the challenges and opportunities on the street, to inform its future renewal (from 111 Ave to 118 Ave)
The Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion project team will be present to seek input that will help inform design considerations for various projects within the Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion Program, as well as the development of future communications and engagement plans
Inglewood Community League is seeking volunteers to canvass our community in support of Decorative Streeting Lighting (DSL).
Did you know?
Inglewood has been chosen for neighbourhood reconstruction beginning in spring 2019 with completion expected for 2021. This project provides our community with the chance to consider replacing the current standard streetlights with decorative streetlights. To be successful, Inglewood needs 50%+1 of the property owners who submit a form to the City, to vote in favour of Decorative Streetlights by November 13, 2018.
We have learned from our neighbouring communities who have been successful in getting DSL in place that a concerted community effort is needed to ensure that as many property owners as possible return the City’s form by the November 13, 2018 deadline.
Our DSL campaign is expected to start in early October and will run from September 24, 2018 to November 13, 2018. We need more residents to join our team so that we can reach out to all parts of Inglewood.
Never canvassed for something like this before?
Door-knocking is easier than it sounds. It is also a great way to meet other residents and get to know the other parts of your community.
The League will be offering a short training session (date pending) and briefing material for all interested volunteers. Please email Reetu at the email address below to be notified of the training date.
by Daryle Niedermayer, Communications Director, Inglewood Community League
On August 16, the City held another session with Inglewood residents to discuss the Rebuilding Inglewood project. This session was focused on three topics:
“Bike Facilitation”—Should the project implement an East-West bike pathway through the neighbourhood? If so, what should these pathways look like?
“Traffic Shortcutting”—Should physical barriers be put in place to obstruct people from driving across the neighbourhood?
“Traffic Calming”—Should physical barriers be put in place to slow down traffic within the neighbourhood?
About 200 people came out on a warm but smoky evening to discuss and vote on these options. The city had also set up temporary types of traffic calming ideas in the area just North and East of the Inglewood Community Hall.
At present, city residents can use the 127 St. and 121 St. bike routes but these run North and South. There is a shortage of safe East-West routes in our part of the city. Survey questions asked whether people were in favour of turning the road into a one-way street for vehicles to support a bike lane (as is the case for 127 St.), removal of parking on one-side of the street, road narrowing, tree removal, and using other traffic calming measures. Another question asked whether this bike lane should:
Use a separated median to protect bikes from vehicles (like 127 St. in Westmount between 111 Ave. and 107 Ave.)
A raised bike lane (bike lane would be flush with the sidewalk) which is like the approach used on 127 St. south of 107 Ave., or
No physical separation at all (which is what 127 St. through Inglewood is currently like).
In discussions around the boards, people seemed to favour the first option as it continued the style and approach used in Westmount just south of us.
The city presented several options to prevent “shortcutting” by people trying to avoid arterial roadways and speed their way to their destination. These options include:
Fully closing a road so that it would lead to a dead end.
Using more one-way roads.
Using a raised median or boulevard down the center of a road to prevent people from cutting across it.
“Diagonal diverters” which would put a diagonal barrier across a four-corner intersection so that drivers could only turn either left or right and not go across the intersection.
Introduce islands in intersections to force people to only turn right.
In listening to residents during the discussion there was concern that Inglewood already is a difficult neighbourhood to navigate for visitors and guests as well as residents. During recent Epcor work, some residents had to drive 5 blocks out of their normal route just to avoid one-way streets, restricted transit corridors, and no-left-turn intersections. Further restricting shortcutting would also make it difficult for residents to get across the neighbourhood.
People seemed generally more interested in traffic calming as a way of slowing traffic through the neighbourhood than in preventing it all together. If traffic calming can increase the time for a driver to go through the neighbourhood, then drivers will be much more likely to use the arterial roadways. It seemed that people were much more in favour of traffic calming over shortcutting measures as a way of solving both problems.
Proposed traffic calming measures proposed by the city included:
Mini roundabouts in intersections so cars would have to slow down to navigate the intersection.
“Chicanes” which are sections of raised curb extending into the roadway from both sides of the roadway so that drivers need to slow down and weave left and right in a “S” shaped pattern to avoid running over the chicanes.
Extending curbs at intersections into the roadway so that pedestrians have a shorter distance to walk to cross the roadway and drivers will naturally slow down to navigate the narrower section of road.
Raised medians in the roadway which slow down traffic by making the road feel narrower to drivers.
Raised crosswalks to make the crosswalk and pedestrians more visible and to slow down traffic by having them go over a bump.
Raised intersections which would raise the entire area within the intersection, not just the crosswalks.
“Speed humps” or speed bumps to cause drivers to slow down so that they don’t go airborne or damage their vehicles.
In looking at interim survey results during the session, people were generally in favour of a number of these measures including: roundabouts, extending curbs, raised crosswalks and speed humps.
Next steps in the Rebuilding Inglewood planning process include further sessions to refine the concept plans this fall.
Also, this September, Inglewood property owners will be receiving a form from the city asking if they want decorative street lights as part of this rebuilding program. Your Inglewood Community League supports the plan for decorative streetlights and is urging residents and property owners to vote “Yes” to this option. For more information, visit: http://inglewoodcl.com/making-great-neighbourhoods/
By Reetu Schaaf, Inglewood Community League Board Member
The Inglewood Community League Board is excited to announce that fundraising for Phase 2 of the park redevelopment is now moving forward! Phase 2 is about building a spray park beside the completed playground next to the community hall (Phase 1). The League will be fundraising for the Spray Park this fall.
In 2013 and 2014, discussion took place with residents, League neighbours, supporters, and the City of Edmonton, about redeveloping the Community League’s park. This feedbacksupported volunteer efforts to pursue an overarching park redevelopment. The plan developed through this discussion is included below. The plan shows replacing the existing playground and the addition of a new spray park feature. A project of this scale required the League to look at a step-by-step approach to completing this work!
PHASE 1: PLAYGROUND
If you haven’t been by league grounds (next to the Community Hall) recently, please drop by and visit our new playground which celebrated its grand opening in June 2017. Our playground has new equipment, new rubber surfacing, large shelter, bike bumps, along with extra benches and picnic tables. Completion of phase 1 was made possible by many passionate volunteers led by Inglewood Community League Board Member, Jaki Campeau, who backed the vision and creation of a fun safe space for all Inglewood residents, young and old.
PHASE 2: SPRAY PARK
With the final touches of phase 1 being addressed, the League is getting ready for fundraising for the next phase – the addition of a Spray Park! This feature was highlighted as one of the main attractions Inglewood residents wanted within their community. As a part of preparing the league grounds for phase 2, the former rink shack – the older wooden building near the new playground – will be demolished. This will allow for the Spray Park to be built beside the new playground, enhance sight lines around the grounds to improve safety and security for all users, and provide space for a larger spray park.
PARK REDEVELOPMENT CONCEPTUAL PLAN
Stay tuned for Inglewood Community League events and activities that help raise funds, share information, and engage residents on the Spray Park concept!