The Alley of Light project is a grassroots initiative that aims to revitalize an underused park and alley that runs from Enterprise Square on 103 Street west to Beaver Hills Park on 105 Street, half a block north of Jasper Avenue. The alley was identified by local residents, businesses and volunteers as a ‘lost space’ – that is an under-utilized, non-vital city-space marked by garbage and graffiti. Inspired by similar alley interventions from other cities around the world, we hope to revitalize the space by making it more engaging, accessible, safe and sustainable. With input from many local residents and businesses, volunteer designers and architects have met with a number of city departments coordinated by the city's Sustainable Development Department (formerly the Planning Department) to develop plans and designs for the alley. The Alley of Light hopes to build on the recent success of the 104 Street Area which has become one of the most vibrant areas within the downtown core. It will also harness the momentum of future initiatives nearby such as a new surface LRT line and the redesign of Jasper Avenue.
The Alley of Light working group is spearheaded by Edmonton on the Edge and supported by the University of Alberta’s City-Region Studies Centre. We are a grassroots group consisting of over 100 volunteers representing diverse communities and interests. To date we have engaged a diverse range of groups, some of the key participant include:
104 Street Business Association
City of Edmonton
Downtown Edmonton Community League
Downtown Farmers Market
Edmonton Arts Council
Media, Art and Design Exposed (M.A.D.E.) In Edmonton
Responsible Hospitality Edmonton
University of Alberta
Everyone is welcome to join by emailing crsc(at)ualberta.ca We usually hold one meeting a month.
The Alley of Light is located 1/2 a block north of Jasper Avenue, between Beaver Hills House Park (105 Street) and Enterprise Square (103 Street)
(compliments of Ian Grant Photography)