The parking lot south of Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino hides an urban treasure. Guarded by a chain-link fence and slotted between turret-like satellite dishes, five bustling honeybee hives sit on a grass island dubbed Pollination Park.
As the training ground for the Northlands Youth Beekeeping Project, Pollination Park allows amateur apiarists to learn about honeybees and gain hive handling experience. Continue reading Kids abuzz about bee course Young beekeepers find community at Northlands
People often complain that politicians never consult them before launching new development plans. Lately, the city has been asking for input so often it’s enough to make your head spin. And that’s a good thing. Continue reading Making plans for the Northlands site City focusing on making area more appealing
Horse racing will continue at Northlands until 2018. In November, Northlands and Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) reached an agreement to continue racing at the park until July 2018, when Century Mile, the new track outside the city, is ready.
Mat Monaco, executive director of The Horsemens Benevolent and Protective Association of Alberta (HBPA), said it’s a positive commitment.
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The middle of the city is probably the last place you’d look for 2,000 head of cattle. But once a year for the past 43 years, November in Edmonton meant hundreds of farmyard livestock making their way to Farmfair and the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) at Northlands. This year, your chance to connect with your inner cowboy or cowgirl comes Nov. 9-13.
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Outrider Larry Dagg, on his horse Rooster, is joined by Northlands Park racetrack announcer Matt Jukich (left) on March 7, the first day of thoroughbred training for the 2016 racing season.
Dagg, originally from Saskatchewan, is responsible for the general on-track safety of riders and horses. “I’ve worked with horses all my life,” he recalled. “My family raised ponies and raced wagons and chuck wagons. I first worked at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon.”
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The clock is ticking to determine the future of the aging hockey arena and the entire Northlands site.
Northlands’ proposed Vision 2020 strategy for its 160-acre “campus” is a huge gamble. On one hand, it’s a $165-million-dollar “re-creation of recreation,” marked by massive changes to its three main venues. On the other is the spectre of a derelict site inspiring falling housing values and increased crime.
“We don’t want Vision 2020 to be an all-or-nothing strategy, but we also don’t want Northlands to be the next not-for-profit society that is $20-million-dollars in the hole and no way to pay it back,” President and CEO Tim Reid told community league members in February.
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The Northlands Park Vision 2020, particularly the outdoor concert space they are planning, will affect the horse racing community and people that live and work at the racetrack. This is a place that is more than an industry. It is a family, a way of life, and more importantly, a historic place that has been functioning in this city for over 100 years, 30 of mine.
My neighbourhood deals with issues like noise and parking. Patrons from Northlands Park currently do not respect the neighbourhood and the parking laws within it. If they intend to hold concerts/festivals that have an attendance of upward of 140,000 people, just think of the issues that will come with this type of traffic.
I hope to see in the next issue some information on how this will affect the communities that surround Northlands Park.
A concerned resident and horse racing advocate