Community Conversation with Councillor Knack

All Ward 1 residents are invited to attend Community Conversations where I will provide updates on current issues in Ward 1. You have an opportunity to ask questions and bring up concerns in your communities.

During COVID-19, I have been holding virtual Community Conversations on Monday evenings though Facebook.  Please check Facebook or Twitter to find out when the next Community Conversation is.

You can connect here to see past Facebook Community Conversation videos. 


New techniques to Help City with Snow Clearing

The  City of Edmonton is expanding the use of one its winter maintenance tools: anti-icing products.

Anti-icer is applied to the road before it snows. It acts as a debonding agent, preventing snow and ice from sticking to the pavement, which makes snow removal easier and more effective. This practice is already in place on various provincial highways in the Edmonton Capital Region.

The City of Edmonton is piloting the use of anti-icer on several arterial roads: Yellowhead Trail and ramps; St. Albert Trail from 156 Street to Yellowhead Trail; and Gateway Boulevard and Calgary Trail from 19 Avenue to Whitemud Drive. Certain roads and sidewalks in the downtown core and a few multi-use trails will also be part of the pilot. We hope that anti-icing will help us achieve a bare-pavement condition sooner to help improve mobility and safety for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

Anti-icer can help reduce snow and ice buildup and improve traction in temperatures as low as -30°C. The use of anti-icer may also reduce the  amount of sand and salt required to provide safe conditions..

One application has already been made and the results are satisfactory. The City will continue with the pilot for the rest of the Winter and will continue to monitor conditions.


Updated Infill Construction Initiatives

The topic of Infill has come up several times throughout my term.  In order to address some concerns many citizens were having, I wanted to let people know about the Infill Construction Initiatives that show what changes have been completed, those currently in place, or those in the process of changing.

Have a look at the new  City of Edmonton Infill Website where you’ll find great information for community members, home buyers, and builders.


Lewis Farms Facility and Park

To learn more about the project and stay up-to-date on timeline, follow this link



Jasper Place Leisure Centre Facility and Jasper Place Bowl Grandstand Replacement Project Update

The City of Edmonton is committed to providing recreation centre users with quality facilities. Regular maintenance ensures all facilities are safe, secure and clean for patrons to enjoy.

Jasper Place Leisure Centre will be shutdown October 2016 to Spring 2018 for facility rehabilitation. Work includes life cycle upgrades of pool deck and tank, structural, mechanical and electrical upgrades, acoustic upgrades, salt water conversion (pending engineering study), retrofit of existing change rooms, upgrades to interior finishes, new family change room, new public washroom in the lobby, new pathways and parking, and the transition of the fitness centre to St. Francis Xavier Sports Centre.

The Jasper Place Bowl Grandstand Replacement Project is also underway. Demolition and replacement of existing grandstand (1967) with new 2000 seating, dressing rooms, officials rooms, concession and a spotter’s box. The Build phase will begin Quarter 2, 2017 Quarter 4, 2018. One of the objectives includes keeping the artificial turf facility open for bookings during construction.

We appreciate that this facility shutdown will inconvenience citizens who use the aquatic centre on a regular basis. All Jasper Place members can utilize their pass at any other leisure centre and outdoor pool. Additionally, eligible Annual and Continuous Monthly Membership pass holders will have their passes upgraded to an All Facility pass during this time, so they can enjoy unlimited access at any of our 18 Community Recreation Centres and Leisure Centres.

We hope citizens will take advantage of these additional opportunities and continue their fitness routine at one of our other pools. Citizens will be able to register for swim lessons, participate in aquatic drop in program, and enjoy lane swimming at nearby city facilities.

Nearby facilities include:
• Confederation Leisure Centre
• Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre
• Peter Hemingway Fitness & Leisure Centre
• Confederation Leisure Centre
• Oliver Outdoor Pool (summer only)
• Fred Broadstock Outdoor Pool (summer only)
• Grand Trunk Leisure Centre

We have also negotiated member access to the Jamie Platz YMCA for Jasper Place members during the facility renewal shutdown. Citizens simply show their membership card to gain access.

Citizens are welcome to call 311, or visit front counter staff at for more information on the accommodations available during a closure.


Stony Plain Road and Area Business Redevelopment Zone – Meet me at the YEG Market

A Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) is a unique opportunity for businesses to work together to accomplish mutual goals. Customers want safe, interesting and attractive places to shop, dine and conduct business. To attract these customers, a BRZ can enhance an area through streetscape improvements and joint promotions and festivals.  

Every Wednesday from 4-8, YEG Market District will be hosting their Meet me at the YEG Market at the Orange Hub (10045 156 street)  Take a look at their website here for more information about the vendors, entertainment and
schedule throughout the summer.