Small Is Beautiful Infrastructure Plan

For the last 20 years Edmonton has focused on huge infrastructure projects like LRT and large-scale recreation centres. Those projects are important, but we need an infrastructure plan that also:

  • Focuses on smaller community-based projects Edmontonians have been waiting for
  • Improves the effectiveness of how and what the City builds
  • Improves the management, reliability, sustainability and quality of the City’s asset base
  • Recognizes that not all meaningful infrastructure projects come with an enormous price tag
  • Encourages City Councillors to develop spending priorities that reflect the priorities of their communities
  • Focuses investment and keeps spending within our means

If elected, Michael Oshry will introduce this kind of community-focused infrastructure plan. He will also ensure that Edmonton receives the investment it requires by focusing on the right things in the right measure:

  • Continuing to invest $160 million annually in neighbourhood renewal
  • Implementing an Alley Renewal Strategy & Fund
  • Maintaining appropriate levels of investment in arterial road renewal
  • Ensuring, through our regulation of EPCOR, that we follow through on the multi decade $1.2 billion investment in drainage infrastructure, flood mitigation and climate change adaptation
  • Investing $50 million in land acquisition for supportive housing and providing $70 million in capital financing to HomeEd, the City of Edmonton’s below market affordable housing provider
  • Faster completion of new crosswalks and school traffic safety upgrades, paid for by the Traffic Safety and Automated Reserve Fund
  • Giving higher priority to River Valley Systems renewal with a focus on rehabilitating trails, staircases and wayfinding

Money is going to be tight, but there is still room to advance many of the items on the unfunded project list. By moving forward with projects like these, we can have a big impact on Edmontonians’ quality of life with a relatively small level of investment:

  • Construction of the bike park in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • New off-leash parks in Southeast and West Edmonton
  • The Castle Downs District Park
  • Ivor Dent Sports Park Phase 3 to expand outdoor soccer and cricket space
  • The Griesbach Community Hub project
  • The Riverbend Library expansion
  • New river valley trails and connections in Keswick and Windermere.
  • 3X3 basketball, pickleball courts and baseball diamonds throughout new suburban communities and mature neighbourhoods, using surplus school sites
  • Big Island Provincial Park development in partnership with Enoch Cree Nation and the Government of Alberta
  • Developing innovative, community supported, financing models to build the Rollie Miles Recreation Centre in Queen Alexandra, a new neighbourhood facility in Oliver,  the refurbishment of the Eastglen pool and to support the A-1 recreation and soccer centre in Northeast Edmonton
  • Countless playgrounds, spray parks and community gardens that require more direct funding and way less red tape for communities
  • Working with various river valley and paddling associations to advance the proposed Four Seasons Activity Centre 

Michael Oshry Quote:

“Not every project we build needs to cost $200 million. Smaller neighbourhood projects often add more to the quality of life and vibrancy in our city. I will work with councillors to ensure the priorities of local neighbourhoods and districts are addressed, and that the perspectives of communities are sought first, while ensuring that the most important infrastructure needs of the entire city are met. We can build great things and live within our means. 

We all know money is tight. We have to manage our resources better. I have the experience and knowledge to manage priorities, and I am not afraid of making tough and focused decisions. These economic times call for smart decisions that favour community priorities.”