Karen Unland asks: When did we stop dumping garbage into river valley spaces and start turning them into parks?
In this episode, former historian laureate Shirley Lowe walks us through three stories: how the Grierson Hill dump became Louise McKinney Park, how the Strathcona dump and gravel mine became Hawrelak (aka Mayfair) Park, and how the Beverly Dump became Rundle Park.
An essential reading for listeners interested in this story is Russell Cobb’s series Edmonton: A World Class Dump (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) on ECAMP.
- Edmonton and District Historical Society Tour of Central Edmonton Parks and Bridges, produced by Shirley Lowe (October 19, 2013)
- Frederick Gage Todd – Naming Committee Biography
- “Mayor William Hawrelak: Resigned, Removed & Re-elected” – Justin Bell (ECAMP, August 19, 2020)
- Opinion: Parkland doesn’t need to be pristine to be preserved” – Harvey Voogd (Edmonton Journal, February 23, 2017)
- The Prins Family and the Dutch in Beverly – Lawrence Herzog (ECAMP, November 17, 2015)
- Landfill Site Destiny Now in Hands of L.A.B. – refers to Beverly Dump (St. Albert & Sturgeon Gazette, August 23, 1972)
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