It’s Official: Part of 96 Street to be Renamed Church Street

  • Ansgar Lutheran Church and Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, two of the many churches along 96 Street. Paula E. Kirman

On May 1, Edmonton city council’s executive committee approved a plan that will see a portion of 96 Street get the recognition it deserves as a unique and historic area.

The plan includes zoning changes to protect the heritage character of the blocks along 96 Street between 106 and 111 Avenue, installing interpretive plaques, improving the landscaping, repainting decorative lights, and marking a shared bicycle route. Most notably, the area will officially be renamed Church Street – something residents and others familiar with 96 Street have been calling it for years.

The work will cost around half a million dollars and is expected to be completed within two years.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Pow Wow Dancers at the Commonwealth Rec Centre – The 32nd Annual Ben Calf Robe Traditional Pow Wow was held at the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre on May 11. Paula E. Kirman

  • Memorial Celebration for the Homeless Honours 45 Lives – The annual Edmonton Homeless Memorial remembrance celebration took place on May 10 at the Homeless Memorial Statue on 103A Avenue and 100 Street. Forty-five people were honoured who died last year as a direct or indirect result of not having adequate shelter. Paula E. Kirman

  • A City Hall Observer – A Canada Goose relaxes in the melted snow and rain water in the City Hall wading pool in late April. Paula E. Kirman

  • Red Hat Alert – Members of the local Red Hat Society, a group of women known for their red hats and purple dresses who meet for tea, walk along 95 Street. Paula E. Kirman

  • “Can We Come In? Please?” – These little guys (or gals) seemed very eager to join their people having coffee in Zocalo. Paula E. Kirman

  • McCauley Writers Atlas Launches – The McCauley Writers Atlas launched on May 6 with poetry and prose readings in Giovanni Caboto Park. The project came out of a McCauley writing group that David Prodan with E4C (left) facilitated at the Boyle and Girls Club in partnership with The Learning Centre Literacy Association. The program later moved to Sprucewood Library and was facilitated by Dyan Semple (right). The first run of 300 copies is completely gone and a new print run is hopefully on the horizon. If you would like a copy as a PDF in the meantime, contact David Prodan at Paula E. Kirman

  • Groovy Gary – McCauley’s Gary Garrison makes a bohemian fashion statement as he plays the didgeridoo during the Edmonton Poetry Festival in late April. Randall Edwards

  • Appreciating Our Volunteers at Tony’s – Here are several of our volunteers enjoying an evening of food and social interaction at Tony’s Pizza at our Volunteer Appreciation event on April 16. Dozens of our volunteers joined us. If you would like to become a volunteer, contact our office! Paula E. Kirman

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