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Root 107 pop up park brightens downtown Edmonton this spring

Pop-Up park creates gathering space for food trucks and people this season
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Root 107 is a pop-up park in Edmonton's downtown core: a place to gather, eat and socialize safely. Photo submitted.

Following success in bringing Edmonton's Downtown Dining Week outdoors along 104 St. this April, the Downtown Business Association (DBA) is continuing its efforts to keep people engaged in the city core. A pop-up park called Root 107, located at the future site of the Warehouse Campus Neighbourhood Central Park (107 Street and 101 Avenue), aims to provide Edmontonians a safe and inclusive outdoor public space to eat, visit or people-watch this spring.

“During the pandemic, we’ve learned just how important urban public spaces are, as people seek ways to spend time outdoors and socialize while following public health restrictions. The funding for Downtown Spark has allowed us to build this space as a temporary activation until early May, but the DBA is working with the City to figure out how we can keep Root 107 alive and active throughout the summer and into the fall,” said Puneeta McBryan, DBA Executive Director.

“There’s tremendous opportunity to do something special for downtown, stimulating investment in the area and helping to build on the community’s resiliency through grassroots-level design. Our goal is to work with other community organizations to provide programming and activities that prioritize equity and inclusion and improve the quality of life for our diverse and growing downtown population.”

Designed and built by Thirdspace Design Group, the park features murals by local artists, unique seating areas made from recycled materials, potted trees and shrubs, patio lighting and scheduled food trucks. The idea, according to the DBA, is for downtown residents and visitors to grab some takeout at a neighbouring restaurant or food truck and enjoy the sunshine and unique space. The nearest public washroom is at Michael Phair Park (10124 104 St.)

The current lineup of onsite food trucks includes Sosyal Scoops and Curbside from 3-8 pm May 6, 7 and 8.