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jagators63
09-04-2010, 11:28 PM
there is good news about Fort Edmonton Park


http://edmonton.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100409/edm_fortedmonton_100409/20100409?hub=Edmonton

desconocido
10-04-2010, 06:00 AM
The city runs a lot of neat tourist / family attractions that I think are often underrated - it would be great to see more people get out and use these facilities. Hopefully the revitalization helps with that.

GreenSPACE
10-04-2010, 10:44 AM
I love Fort Edmonton Park already, so anything else they do to improve it is a bonus I think

Komrade
10-04-2010, 11:28 AM
Sounds great! It seems they are listening to the cries of keeping it historicaly sound rather than fancy screens and robots?

I love fort edmonton park. Selkirk is a hidden gem!

rime ice
10-04-2010, 12:39 PM
My own personal wish is it to have a Granville island appeal.
Not everyones vision, but that my.02 cents.

andy8244
10-04-2010, 01:16 PM
Generally speaking in most places historic buildings are left in-situ as part of the fabric and identity of the city. I love how Edmonton considers an "old building zoo" the way to go.

moahunter
10-04-2010, 01:35 PM
^it works here because most of the buildings aren't worth preserving. Sort of like a garbage dump for buildings, turned into an attractive tourist resort, Fort Edmonton Park rocks.

Old Dawg
10-04-2010, 05:56 PM
It needs a bar and night club.

desconocido
10-04-2010, 06:12 PM
It needs a bar and night club.

In keeping with the times they have a saloon (http://www.fortedmontonpark.ca/pages/FortEdmonton_Venues/default.aspx.aspx?id=476) ...

cnr67
10-04-2010, 08:00 PM
Some time ago, the Radial Railway guys secured the Jasper avenue bridge to extend the line outside the park over the Whitemud creek. I'd love to see Fort Edmonton and The valley zoo linked with a streetcar. Yes, I'm a dreamer!:smt023

fool4christ
10-04-2010, 08:07 PM
What this city badly needs is more dreamers like you bud. Seriously...that would rock.

Doug
10-04-2010, 09:54 PM
Fort Edmonton park is great, any additional attractions would or upgrades would add to it's charm.

Bray88
11-04-2010, 02:28 PM
My own personal wish is it to have a Granville island appeal.
Not everyones vision, but that my.02 cents.

For that to work you would need a public market in fort edmonton park as well as alot more restaurants and shops, maybe a big park with a man made lake would help too for this vision to make it more like granville

booster
11-04-2010, 04:00 PM
One simple thing would help alot to achieve their increased numbers that they want. Direct bus to Fort Edmonton from South Campus every day from when the season opens, runs starting before opening time to closing time so you can get staff as well as regular people the ability to get to the front door. Right now it is a rubber tire market attraction and sadly Edmonton does not have a bike rental shop. It is currently a bus to Fox Drive and about a km to the front gates. Not exactly welcoming and accessible.

Sonic Death Monkey
11-04-2010, 05:37 PM
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Overhauled+plan+Fort+Edmonton+shifts+focus+history/2790023/story.html


Here are some of the other suggestions contained in the current report:
• Move guest services, admission and the gift shop out of the train station so they’re more accessible, and provide more room in the station.
• Expand the midway, adding more historically accurate rides and attractions, such as a tethered helium balloon ride, a corn or hay-bay maze and a double ferris wheel.
• Build an events field where period sporting events can be recreated. Nearby, a sportsman’s lodge would pay tribute to the city’s historic sports heroes and offer food services.
• Add new dining, shopping and entertainment venues that would let people “experience what it was like to go out for dinner in 1920s Edmonton or visit one of the city’s thriving theatres.”
• Expand the Selkirk Hotel to include a conference centre, banquet facilities and meeting space.
• Build rustic summer cabins by the hotel.
• Create an Aviation Garden containing a replica of bush pilot Wop May’s Avro Avian airplane adjacent to a fountain square, which would be converted for skating in winter.
• Reconstruct the Capitol Theatre to house a multimedia retelling of Edmonton’s history “through the eyes of some of its most colourful characters.”
• Recreate the Sing Lee Laundry, telling the story of the Chinese men who moved to the city.
• Create a “historium” in Kelly’s Saloon that would include audio-visual materials, artifacts and live interpreters to show “the lively world of Edmonton’s early hotels.”
• Add a “Spirit of the First Nations” celebration of aboriginal culture that would be “something symbolic and culturally appropriate” rather than a building.
• Install a wooden pier that would offer a close-up view of the York boat.
• Add a Frontier Path for interactive walks with interpretive programming.

Sonic Death Monkey
11-04-2010, 05:38 PM
http://www.fortedmontonpark.ca/pages/FortEdmonton_GeneralInfo/MasterPlanUpdate.aspx

The_Cat
11-04-2010, 06:05 PM
Do you think a hockey pond inside the Fort would provide a greater benefit?

Just kidding. I think that the plans for Fort Edmonton look great!

Medwards
11-04-2010, 07:16 PM
http://www.fortedmontonpark.ca/pages/FortEdmonton_GeneralInfo/MasterPlanUpdate.aspx



1885 Street – In 1885, Edmonton was dusty or muddy, depending on the seasonNot much has changed since...except now we have mcdonalds burger containers and tim horton cups to add in with the sand and mud that make spring so enjoyable in Edmonton

KC
13-04-2010, 08:13 AM
I've complained about this for years - Fort Edmonton has always lacked decent signage. It's literally a hidden gem.

For decades a huge number of potential visitors probably drove right past it not knowing it was there! I'd bet that the lack of good signage has been a huge opportunity cost over the years and now with tourist traffic taking the Anthony Henday much of that potential is lost forever.

KC
13-04-2010, 08:28 AM
^it works here because most of the buildings aren't worth preserving. Sort of like a garbage dump for buildings, turned into an attractive tourist resort, Fort Edmonton Park rocks.

Id say it's not that they weren't worth preserving but rather that most things are discarded, demolished or allowed to decay before its realized that they were worth preserving.

It's a problem with how people place value on things. Essentially, their 'present value' / 'future value' estimates are skewed - even knowingly.

i.e. using something more people can relate to than heritage and tourism - consider oil - even those that believe it will be worth a LOT more in the future seem unwilling to lock in the resource until that time when our kids might realize far, far higher present value and possibly even critical utility.

Old Dawg
13-04-2010, 08:41 AM
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Overhauled+plan+Fort+Edmonton+shifts+focus+history/2790023/story.html


Here are some of the other suggestions contained in the current report:


• Reconstruct the Capitol Theatre to house a multimedia retelling of Ed
.


The Strand and or the Empress theaters would more accurately depict the early years of the city. The Capital was art deco bush.

Perspective
24-08-2014, 08:39 PM
couldnt find the right thread for this but didnt think it warranted its own.
Always thought fort Edmonton was canada's largest living museum - this was from a feature in those westjet airplane magazines, it was a page dedicated to all the 'fort' attractions in the country - fort edmonton was not featured.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m288/Laura255/4f28eb89-b97b-4b67-a256-edc565f66ed9_zps33922ff7.jpg

http://s107.photobucket.com/user/Laura255/media/4f28eb89-b97b-4b67-a256-edc565f66ed9_zps33922ff7.jpg.html

moahunter
24-08-2014, 09:00 PM
^I guess it is the 50th anniversary for Heritage, and Calgary is Westjets hub. Fort Edmonton is way better than Heritage Park though, it definitely should IMO be promoted more, a bit disappointing it didn't make the list, but I'm not surprised.

jagators63
24-08-2014, 09:19 PM
Problem is that Edmonton have other big attraction is WEM and Fort Edmonton Park but nothing for Calgary , Calgary wants to grab people's attention away from Edmonton completely.

IanO
24-08-2014, 09:46 PM
Write them.

Edmcowboy11
24-08-2014, 09:51 PM
And I would also add that another great attraction in our region is also the Ukrainian Village.

etownboarder
24-08-2014, 10:26 PM
They're both significantly better than heritage park in Calgary. I have a feeling Edmonton's attractions will start to appear more and more as people start to discover us. There is a lot happening here these days and it's getting attention across Canada. Hearing people from around Canada talk about Edmonton these days is exciting. Most people seem to be interested in what we have happening and going on here. He rest if Canada is just catching up in many regards and starting to pay some attention.

sonicboom
19-01-2018, 10:41 AM
Job No 272543805-003
Description: To Construct an Outdoor Participant Recreation Services facility (Bumper Cars)
Location: 7000 - 143 STREET NW
Plan 8521469 Blk A
Applicant: STANTEC
Status: New
Create Date: 1/17/2018 2:05:57 PM

Job No 272543805-001
Description: To Construct an Exhibition and Convention Facility Building (Midway Games Alley East Building 3d)
Location: 7000 - 143 STREET NW
Plan 8521469 Blk A
Applicant: STANTEC
Status: New
Create Date: 1/17/2018 11:07:29 AM

booster
19-01-2018, 11:34 AM
Hmmm, great that they adding new facilities, but wonder if they have put money towards the rail maintenance building that has been condemned. No building means, train likely doesn't run much, then the park becomes a lot less exciting.

sonicboom
02-03-2018, 08:28 AM
Job No 267911107-006
Description: To construct four buildings (Game Alley East/West, Bumper Cars, Cabinet of Curios), one landscape attraction (Maze and Ferris Wheel) and one seasonal event tent (402 sq.m.) to an existing Public Libraries and Cultural Exhibits Facility and to construct interior alterations to an existing building (Exhibit Hall) and to demolish an existing building (Fun House) - (Fort Edmonton Park - Midway Expansion Phase Two).
Location: 7000 - 143 STREET NW
Plan 8521469 Blk A
Applicant: STANTEC, LISA KELLERMAN
Status: In Development Review
Create Date: 2/28/2018 1:11:39 PM

sonicboom
09-03-2018, 08:20 AM
267911107-008
28-Feb-2018
7000 - 143 STREET NW
Plan 8521469 Blk A

To construct FOOTING & FOUNDATION ONLY for a future entrance gate structure (Fort Edmonton Park - Midway).

CLARK BUILDERS

sonicboom
20-04-2018, 08:20 AM
Job No 279881278-001
Description: To construct an Exhibition and Convention Facility (Cultural Centre, Fort Edmonton Park)
Location: 7000 - 143 STREET NW
Plan 8521469 Blk A
Applicant: STANTEC
Status: New
Create Date: 4/18/2018 3:34:21 PM

KC
20-04-2018, 09:15 AM
Doing expansions like this via re-creation of a lost Edmonton building would be nice.