UPDATED: Inglewood community building strategy in motion

More than 100 people spent a few hours of their recent Saturday afternoon talking about one of their favourite things: Inglewood. 

“It was a fantastic time to connect with the neighbourhood’s residents, property owners, business owners and organizations and present a strategy which has been created in partnership with them,” said Deanne Patsula, Senior Planner in Neighbourhoods Services with the City of Edmonton. 

Caption: On the mic, Abby Burbank, Inglewood Community League Director. Listening, Councillor Bev Esslinger, Inglewood residents

Neighbourhood revitalization connects people through community building initiatives to create a healthier, safer and livelier neighbourhood. A project could be a festival, a community block party, a safety upgrade such as improved street lighting, a cleanup effort, a community garden, murals or public art. The idea can be just about anything as long as it aligns with the agreed community goals for revitalization. 

The meeting happened Saturday, January 25.

It was fun. There were sleigh rides, a craft corner and an outdoor fire pit for marshmallows. 

It was work. “People also came with constructive questions and a willingness to move this strategy forward to make their neighbourhood better,” Patsula said. “Many of them signed up to volunteer in the various sub-committees.”

Safety was a theme for some residents who wanted to better understand how neighbouring initiatives, including Abundant Community Edmonton, enhance security. Others discussed how community gardens will not only beautify the neighbourhood, but bring people of all ages together. 

Inglewood is a community in northwest Edmonton, home to approximately 7,000 people. It features a mix of residential, cultural and commercial spaces.

In June 2018, City Council named Inglewood, Balwin and Belvedere as revitalization program communities. In the last decade, Alberta Avenue, Jasper Place, McCauley, Central McDougall and Queen Mary Park went through neighbourhood revitalization. The initiative is part of the City’s long term strategy plan to build healthy communities. 

People’s involvement is key to making neighbourhoods such as Inglewood friendlier, more caring and tighter knit. If that sounds to you like work worth doing, please consider getting involved, and getting others involved, too.

Register for the mailing list at edmonton.ca/inglewoodrevitalization. Connect with the Neighbourhood Revitalization Coordinator at inglewoodrevitalization@edmonton.ca for more information on the project.