Placemaking Projects in Old Strathcona 2022-2023

White water barriers splashed with colourful terrazzo blotches with lettering that reads District Whyte

We are adding more spaces and places for people across the business district.

Thanks to support from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) we are building new benches, bike racks and parklets that will be placed around Old Strathcona over the next year.

“The CCRF will allow us to create a more welcoming, inclusive, and enhanced visitor experience in Old Strathcona,” said Cherie Klassen, Executive Director of the OSBA.

“Over the last two years, we’ve heard from Edmontonians that additional public space increases the enjoyment of their visit, which then has a positive impact on our economic recovery. Edmontonians want our business district to be even more accessible and enjoyable to walk and shop.”

More from our executive director in our news release.

The 2022-2023 placemaking is a $250,000 project that will allow us to take what we’ve learned from sidewalk expansions in 2021 and additional pedestrian spaces in 2020 to provide more places to sit and talk, enjoy a summer treat, and enhance an already walkable and bikeable shopping and dining district.

After helping us with temporary enhancements the last two years, Thirdspace Design Group is back to design and install more permanent street furniture and parklets.

And we want your help to find the perfect places to put everything! Watch our website for updates on the project, including spring surveys where your feedback can help us identify where the new street furniture and parklets should go.


Update 2: August 2022 – What We Heard from Edmontonians

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out our placemaking survey. Your feedback will help inform where we place new benches, bike racks, and parklets and some of the design elements that could be incorporated. Everything is still on track to be installed by spring 2023!

If you would like to read the report on survey and stakeholder engagement, click on the image below.

A map of the Old Strathcona business district with six colour-coded zones



Update 1: June 2022 – Public Survey
Thank you to everyone who filled out our survey and let us know where these items will help the most. Your feedback on locations, features and accessibility will help us make important decisions.


Here’s some inspiration as we look at placemaking possibilities in Old Strathcona:

This project is funded in part by the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) and administered by Prairies Economic Development Canada.

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