Update from the Inglewood Community League – Decorative Streetlight Committee

By Mary Saretski

On Saturday April 21, 2018, The City of Edmonton hosted a Building Great Neighbourhoods public engagement forum at Inglewood school to kick of neighbourhood renewal for the community of Inglewood. Renewal will begin in 2019 and take approximately 3 years. This event was to gauge neighbourhood concerns and priorities prior to the renewal work beginning next year.

The Inglewood Community League had a booth at the event. This allowed us to meet our neighbours, directly hear input and feedback and provide anyone interested with a free community league membership, but the primary focus of the booth was to seek Inglewood resident’s feedback on proposed decorative streetlights.

As part of the renewal process Inglewood has the opportunity to get upgraded decorative streetlights and street name blades. The Inglewood Community league is championing the upgrade as it is a once in a generation opportunity to provide an upgrade to our community, and we have struck a Decorative Streetlight Committee. There are different options for the streetlights provided to us by The City of Edmonton and we asked those in attendance to vote for their favourite options.

At Saturday’s event we heard great feedback from the community on the decorative street lights, including the importance of energy efficiency and pathway/sidewalk lighting, as well as on many other topics which we will bring back to the Inglewood Community League board and The City.

Overwhelmingly, people that we spoke to were in favour of the decorative streetlight upgrade, especially given that Inglewood is a heritage neighbourhood. People were very interested in the decorative street signs as we will have the opportunity to put the heritage street name on the blades.

It was great to see so many neighbours out at the Building Great Neighbourhoods event. Another duplicate event is scheduled for Wednesday April 25th, 6:30-9 at The Winnifred Stewart Association. If you were unable to attend on Saturday we encourage you to attend this next session. Once again the Inglewood Community League will have a booth, we’d be pleased to hear from you and once again we’ll be taking votes on the possible streetlight upgrades.

Check out our website for more information: www.inglewoodcl.com

We would also appreciate your feedback on the proposed decorative street lights and neighbourhood renewal, please take 5 minutes to fill out our survey here:   http://bit.ly/inglewood2018

Share Your Vision through the Inglewood Renewal Survey

Neighbourhood renewal is a 3-year project to upgrade a neighbourhood’s entire infrastructure. Streets, sidewalks, and streetlights throughout the neighbourhood will be replace or upgraded.

More recently, the City renamed renewal to “Building Great Neighbourhoods.” The “Building Great Neighbourhoods” program can help a community address local needs and reinforce its character and identity. Additional projects can include city-owned lands and improvements.

To help the city develop a focus and plan for Inglewood, a number of stakeholder and engagement sessions were held in March and April. If you were part of these sessions, great! Thanks for coming out and sharing your concerns and vision.

We’re also asking everyone in the neighbourhood to share their thoughts with the Inglewood Community League Board as well. A survey is open until May 15, 2018 to give you a chance to share your issues and ideas: http://bit.ly/inglewood2018. The survey will be available until May 15.

The League Website will also contain news and upcoming events about the Building Great Neighbourhood (BGN) program. Visit our page at: http://http://inglewoodcl.com/making-great-neighbourhoods/

For more information on the city’s site about the Building Great Neighbourhoods – Inglewood, visit http://www.edmonton.ca/buildinginglewood. A city survey on this site will be available until May 4.

Building Great Neighbourhoods Visioning Meeting

Inglewood is getting ready for its neighbourhood renewal project, scheduled for 2019-2021. Renewal is a 3-year project to upgrade streets, sidewalks, and streetlights throughout older neighbourhoods in Edmonton.

More recently, the City renamed renewal to “Building Great Neighbourhoods.” The “Building Great Neighbourhoods” program can help a community address local needs and reinforce its character and identity. Additional projects can include city-owned lands and improvements.


Great NeighbourhoodsOn March 13, community groups  including the Inglewood Community League were invited to a “Stakeholder Outreach” workshop. This was the first step in the neighbourhood planning for our community.

On arrival, participants were asked to come up with 3 words that they thought expressed the idea of “A Great Neighbourhood.”

In smaller groups, participants were asked to brainstorm on their ideas for what Inglewood needs to be a great neighbourhood. The group came up with a wide range of ideas:

  • More crosswalks across major streets (111 Ave. and 124 St.)  and walkability
  • Safety and crime prevention
  • More usable and versatile park space; not just green space but purposeful pocket parks (or parklets)
  • Emphasizing the historic nature of the neighbourhood
  • A more inclusive community that encourages people of different backgrounds and demographics to mingle and connect with each other
  • More common, public spaces in which people can congregate
  • Recycling the old trolley turnaround at 112 Ave. and 124 St. into some sort of useable public space–perhaps a plaza or “pop-up” business location
  • An opportunity to celebrate and affirm the First Nations history within the community. Many First Nations people settled in this neighbourhood due to the fact that the Charles Camsell Hospital was here.
  • Traffic routing needs to be considered, especially if the Camsell lands ever get redeveloped.

From this large list, groups tried to find three or four themes that they could affirm. These included:

  1. A need for common spaces such as event “plazas”, purposeful parkland, and public art;
  2. An affirmation of Inglewood’s history, including First Nations history; and
  3. A walkable, safe community and possibly more benches, table space, and seating.

At the end of the evening, Gilbert, the City’s contracted landscape architect turned the concepts and values that the groups had come up with into a visual representation of the emerging vision:

Vision drawings

The next step in the process will include a draft vision statement and other elements. Community workshops are scheduled for April 21 and 25, 2018. These are identical sessions and community members are encouraged to attend either of them.

Pay attention to www.inglewoodcl.com for upcoming events and news or visit www.edmonton.ca/BuildingInglewood.