Community Enhancement

We believe that good design helps improve quality of life through the careful balance of human intervention of natural environments and redevelopment of existing urban fabric. With this in mind, our community enhancement experience covers a wide range of project types and scales. We are interested in projects that aim to benefit communities while maintaining an important dedication to the preservation of the environment. EDS is dedicated to providing suitable strategies for community expansion while maintaining acceptable amounts of recreational green space. We believe in easy access to recreation, which is why we strive to maintain strong pedestrian connections throughout communities, cities and regions. Establishing identity and a strong sense of community can be done through the design of landscape features within our constructed environment. We encourage design solutions that maintain a strong connection to nature.

Summerwood CommunitySherwood Park, AB

The Summerwood neighbourhood located in Strathcona County, Alberta, began development in 2000. For over ten years, EDS provided the conceptual and detailed design of all public open space, stormwater management facilities, and retained urban forest areas. One unique attribute of this residential community was a constructed stream system and complimentary constructed wetland areas to link to internal fish bearing streams. EDS developed the community’s branding, reinforced through a community signage program. Two large urban forests were retained within the development, featuring interpretive programming and passive recreational trails to allow for year-round enjoyment of these natural areas.

Palms Cove Recreational DevelopmentSylvan Lake, AB

EDS provided project management services of the land acquisition, preliminary planning, and conceptual design for this 170 acre waterfront development at the north shore of Sylvan Lake. Throughout the preliminary design phase, our team worked with the Municipality to achieve planning approvals. EDS developed conceptual plans for lot layout, wayfinding signage and branding, architectural guidelines and open space concept plans for public open spaces. This area features historical graves, along with several different building sites, such as a tannery, a homestead, a post office and a blacksmith shop. As this area was originally settled by a Finnish community, the intent of this project was to pay homage to Finnish life and vernacular.