Blatchford is taking off!

September was a big month in the development of Blatchford as the Blatchford Renewable Energy Utility was officially completed and the first Energy Centre opened! The utility includes a 570 borehole geoexchange field and the Energy Centre, which holds the mechanical equipment for the District Energy Sharing System. Part of Council’s vision for this community …

What to do this summer?

School is officially out which means that children and teens have a lot of time on their hands. Wondering what you can do in our City? There are many affordable or free activities for families to participate in over the summer. 

Downtown has been growing steadily over the past few years and it continues to offer wonderful experiences for families. Part of the experience can be taking the bus or LRT downtown, which is free for children under 12, I know my grandchildren love riding the train! The LRT has a stop that is very close to the Edmonton Street Car where you can enjoy riding a restored streetcar over the High-Level Bridge, an activity that is sure to satisfy all ages.

Head down to the Art Gallery of Alberta which is free for individuals under 17. If you attend the AGA with some friends and their children, consider registering for an education program for a more hands-on gallery experience. Visit for more information. 

Just down the street is the new Royal Alberta Museum. It’s a great way to spend time exploring over a few days. Children 6 and under are free and the annual family pass is only $70.  Right now the museum is featuring Vikings: Beyond the Legend, which is the largest touring exhibition of Viking artifacts in the world. 

On your way to the museum check out a free tour at City Hall. Free public tours take place every Friday in July and August beginning at 12:30 pm and last about an hour, no need to register, just drop in. 

Maybe your kids loved looking at the prehistoric animals at the museum but they would like to experience some amazing animals live and in person. The Valley Zoo recently opened Nature’s Wild Backyard which includes habitat for red pandas, a new urban farm where children can pet some animals, and play equipment that encourages children to use their imagination. 

For something closer to home cool down in any of Edmonton’s outdoor pools for free again this summer! Afterwards, head to the Aviation Museum on the last Thursday of every month from 5 to 8 pm for free family access

These are only a few of the wonderful options our City has to offer, there are festivals every weekend, markets all around the City and great community events. For more ideas check out 

This September we are putting another community fun day together, it’s on September 7th from 11-2 pm at Grand Trunk Field, I would love to see you there. It’s a free family event, everyone is welcome!  

My thoughts on Residential Speed Limits

There has been all kinds of discussion surrounding what to do with residential speed limits, its coming back to Council on May 14th.  Making our City safe is a priority, but I recognize and have heard from many that whatever we do it needs to be simple, consistent, cost effective and that we need to …

Yellowhead Trail Conversion Update

Yellowhead Trail Conversion Update

The concept planning study for St. Albert Trail to 97 Street launched in September of last year. The strategic plan for Yellowhead Trail indicates new interchanges. Namely, at 127 Street and 121 Street but no decisions on the future roadway design have been made. Engagement activities with stakeholders took place at the end of November. Property owners, business owners, and the general public were invited to share on how the roadway is currently being used. This is a critical step to understanding potential impacts of the removal of traffic signals and direct access as part of the freeway conversion.

As we come into the fall of 2020, Phase 1 of Concept Planning is coming to a close. Phase 1 set out to identify the values, issues, and ideas around the project. Here are display boards you can check out. Read the What We Heard Report if you want to get caught up.

Phase 2 of Concept Planning will explore and refine the best possible options for the corridor. Phase 2 public engagement will start in fall of 2020 and the Concept Planning Study will be complete by spring 2021 determining what will be designed and built.

YHT Engagement This Fall

The City has developed 3 design concepts for conversion project from St. Albert Trail to 97 Street. The concepts will be shared online on September 28, 2020. Explore the options, and join the City for a live online learning session the week of October 5, 2020.

The option address freeway access while minimizing the impacts to residential and commercial properties. No direct impacts to residential properties is anticipated in any of the options. However in some options, service roads and ramps may be closer to neighbourhoods and some residents may experience changes to their existing views.

In all options, though, Yellowhead Trail will pass under the new interchanges.

Your feedback is key in this process. The City is inviting all residents to be apart of the process and provide insight, share concerns, and have their voices heard.

Yellowhead Trail Public Online Learning Sessions

There are several opportunities to be involved:

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 3 – 4:30pm

Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 11:30am – 1pm and 6:30 – 8pm

An online survey will be open from September 28 to October 16 at the project website.

GBV, SHE-covery, and empowering women

Talking with Katherine O’Neill from YWCA Edmonton and Jan Reimer of Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS)

L I V E talking about GBV, SHE-covery, and empowering women out of this crisis!

Talking with Katherine O'Neill from YWCA Edmonton and Jan Reimer of Alberta Council of Women's Shelters (ACWS)

Posted by Bev Esslinger on Thursday, June 25, 2020

Ward 2 Non-Profits

A great conversation with 2 wonderful non-profits doing incredible work in Ward 2. Very thankful and appreciative for organizations like this.Thank you to Jamie from Edmonton’s Food Bank and Harold from Edmonton Native Healing Center

Ward 2 Non-Profits

A great conversation with 2 wonderful non-profits doing incredible work in Ward 2. Very thankful and appreciative for organizations like this. Thank you to Jamie from Edmonton's Food Bank and Harold from Edmonton Native Healing Center

Posted by Bev Esslinger on Thursday, June 11, 2020