Edmonton’s ‘End of the World’ lookout officially opens as Keillor Point
Edmontonians had a new lookout to check out over the holidays. Keillor Point, unofficially known as End of the World, opened on December 21. DIALOG is proud to be the structural engineers, landscape architects, and architects that made this lookout safe for Edmontonians. Edmonton Journal summarized the opening nicely:
Edmonton Journal: “End of the World: A new view for Keillor Point, now a park space”
It’s a new beginning for the End of the World.
The City of Edmonton says Keillor Point, informally known as the End of the World, has reopened to the public after two months of construction to make the area safer, effectively turning it into park space with hours open to the public from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Large pillars from an old retaining wall remained at the site, located off Saskatchewan Drive and 74 Avenue. The area became a popular spot for people to take in the spectacular views of the river valley — and for late-night partying and criminal activity — despite site restrictions and prohibited access signage.
In an effort to make the area more of a safe, accessible and welcoming place, the city approved a redesign of the area, now dubbed Keillor Point. The design includes a staircase, formalized viewing area and granular trail.
Construction of the new staircase at Keillor Point is wrapping up and we’re getting the site ready to open to the public this Friday. Park hours 5AM-11PM. More info about the project at https://t.co/nbf5fFkFsZ #yegparks #exploreedmonton
— City of Edmonton on Twitter (@CityofEdmonton)
Ian Parrish and his mother braved the windy weather to come down and visit the viewpoint Friday afternoon after hearing about its opening on the radio.
“I definitely maybe came here before when it was not open, but I actually like what they’ve done with it,” said Parrish. “It’s safer now, definitely, than it was before. But it maintains the view which is what the draw was in the first place.”
Parrish said the viewpoint felt unsafe before but he now sees himself coming to the space more often. “It was definitely not a very friendly space. It was just very dangerous feeling and on a windy day like this, I would not have gone down there at all. It’s good to be safe.”
For Elizabeth Ingram and Bernd Hildebrandt, who have been living across from the site for about 15 years, the upgrades are a welcoming sight.
“It’s good the city is finally doing something about it. It’s really good for us,” said Ingram. “We don’t know if it will work in terms of terrible things that were going on there before. But we think it’s great.”
Ingram said they’ve witnessed lots of criminal activity go on and fire crews rescue stuck people at the site over the years. However, they’re hopeful the changes will help deter crime and improve safety.
“People who want to get around it can still get around it. But at least the intention is there as to how it should be used,” said Hildebrandt. “I think it makes it easier for people to know how far they can go in terms of it being safe.”
The $1.5-million upgrade project finished on time since the city originally estimated a two-month construction timeline and a late-December or early-January reopening. Come spring, the granular trail is expected to be complete.
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