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About the Revitalization

In June 2018, Balwin and Belvedere communities were approved by City Council for the Neighbourhood Revitalization program. 

The program uses an asset and place-based community development model to identify strengths and assets of the neighbourhood. Members of the neighbourhoods have powerful and crucial roles to play in the revitalization process by sharing their unique perspectives on what the future of their neighbourhood could look like and what can be done to make this happen. The program includes operating and capital investments in the social and physical infrastructure. 

Over the course of 2018-2019 the City of Edmonton worked with Balwin and Belvedere community members (through a strategy development community working group, focused neighbourhood discussions and large public engagement drop in events) to gather input and identify key components of the Revitalization strategy. 

(New) Capital Investment

Resources to support the physical infrastructure development in Balwin and Belvedere falls under the Neighbourhood Revitalization Capital Investment Plan. Capital investments may include replacing old for new infrastructure. Some examples are enhanced lighting, benches, public art, wayfinding features and park redevelopment. Investments in physical infrastructure enhance public spaces such as roadways, alleys, open spaces, and parks, to increase social connection, beautification, economic vibrancy and safety.

Neighbourhood Revitalization Capital Investment follows the City of Edmonton’s Project Develop and Delivery Model (PDDM). As projects go through the strategy, concept, design, build, operation and delivery phases, the PDDM establishes set checkpoints. It is intended to ensure that all City projects have completed necessary checkpoints before being considered for the delivery phase.

The Community Capital Project Team is an integral part of the Revitalization program’s process for capital investment. This team, made up of residents and a non-profit representative, formed early in 2020 and has been hard at work developing and implementing tools to gather feedback from the neighbourhoods. This team will make recommendations to the City for investment within both neighbourhoods.

What We Heard Report highlighting information we gathered from the neighbourhoods in 2020.

The Revitalization Strategy

The City’s project team and the community members presented the Balwin and Belvedere Revitalization Strategy which highlights the neighbourhood’s vision, goals and community-led projects selected for the first few years.


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How Revitalization is Collaborating Locally With Residents and Stakeholders

Balwin and Belvedere are vibrant and diverse communities and the established teams provide a safe and welcoming environment for all individuals to participate in revitalizing the neighbourhoods.

A Neighbourhood Revitalization Guiding Team has been formed to carry out the implementation of the Revitalization Strategy. The team is made up of 12 representatives from Balwin and Belvedere (residents, business owners, community non-profit agencies) Their purpose is to provide leadership, support and direction on the implementation of the strategy.

Community led project teams have formed with a number of community members (residents, business owners, community non-profit agencies etc.) who have stepped forward to implement some of the projects identified in the strategy. 

A Community Capital project team has also formed to support the Revitalization’s Capital investment process. Their purpose is to plan and support the process of new infrastructure projects in the Revitalization area.

A City of Edmonton Community Development team has also convened to work collaboratively to enhance community development in the Revitalization area. This team is made up of the Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator, Community Development Social Worker, Safety Liaison with the Neighbourhood Empowerment Team, Community Relation Advisors from Community Standards and Neighbourhoods, Abundant Community Edmonton, Revitalization Coordinator and others.

More details about these teams can be found within the Revitalization Strategy

Fort Road Business Improvement area

Get Involved

There is power in community and putting the Revitalization initiatives into action will involve collaboration among residents, businesses and other members of the neighbourhood.

The Revitalization Guiding Team has a full complement of members for 2020, and will be looking for new members in 2021. 

There are opportunities for members of the neighbourhood to get involved with the following projects:

  • Information Hub

  • Food Truck Event

  • Historic Walk

  • Community Garden (new!)

  • Safety initiatives

  • Clean up initiatives

The Community Capital project team also welcomes new members to support the planning and upcoming implementation of capital work within the neighbourhood.

To get involved contact your Revitalization Coordinator!

Resources and Supports

Revitalization Grants

Bring Your Projects To Life

As implementation of the Revitalization strategy moves forward, the voices, wisdom and perspectives of community members will continue to feature prominently. 

Residents, local organizations and businesses can access program funding for community-led initiatives through the Revitalization Matching Fund or Small Sparks Grant.

For More Information

Title Revitalization Coordinator for Balwin & Belvedere

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