Community Feature: Parks, Ravines and Breathtaking Sights in Parkview

Posted by Kerri-lyn Holland on Monday, April 13th, 2020 at 7:32am.

Parkview is named for its close proximity to multiple parks, ravines and its breathtaking views of Edmonton’s vast river valley.

The mature west-end residential neighbourhood is located about 10 minutes from downtown Edmonton. It is bound on the north by the MacKenzie Ravine, on the east by the North Saskatchewan River valley, on the west by 149th Street, and on the south by 87 Avenue and Buena Vista Road.

 

Developed in the mid-to-late 1950s, the majority of the original homes were single-detached bungalows. However, a few long-lost hundred year old farmhouses can still be found dotted in the neighbourhood. 

In the last 20 years, largely because of the neighbourhood’s proximity to Edmonton’s downtown, many of the original homes have been replaced by larger, two-storey homes and infills. Parkview, which is home to approximately 3,500 residents, also received a facelift in the 2000s, receiving new drainage pipes and sidewalks. 

Numerous Oilers players and their families have lived in Parkview over the years. The neighbourhood is also home to Daryl Katz, the owner of the Oilers.

“I loved living in Parkview,” said Lauren Rodych-Eberle. She resided in Parkview with her husband and former Oilers forward Jordan Eberle from 2013-2016. “Living in such close proximity to so many schools was wonderful for my music classes. I also used the ravine trails on the regular, through all the seasons.” 

The heart of the neighbourhood is, which has been operating for more than 50 years and is located in the Valleyview Shopping Centre on 142 Street. It’s one of the last independent IGA grocery stores in Edmonton, and still run by its namesake, Andy Taschuk. Andy is a big community booster and often sponsors local sports teams. He’s also been an Oiler season ticket holder since their WHA days in 1970. 

Beside being convenient, Andy’s IGA boasts amazing offerings in their meat, bakery and deli sections. It also features one of the largest kosher sections (Israeli couscous, anyone!) in the city. Don’t leave without your kids riding a Parkview icon: the vintage mechanical horse located at the front of the store. 

 A few doors down from Andy’s IGA is, a popular local watering hole and cozy place to watch the game with family and friends. Rebel’s weekend brunch and ½ price Wine Wednesdays are crowd favourites. Don’t forget to order their signature Confetti Cake for dessert, complete with a sparkler!

The Parkview neighbourhood is represented by the Parkview Community League, which was established in 1956. The community league operates a recently renovated community hall and outdoor rink located at 146 Street and 91 Avenue.  

Community league volunteers host several popular events every year, including a Summer Solstice Food Truck Party in June, an Adults-Only Halloween Party in October and a Christmas Market every November. The community league is also home to a preschool and a weekly tot time gathering on Tuesday for parents and their children.  

Parkview’s two schools - St. Rose Jr. High and Parkview Elementary and Jr. High -- have maintained high enrolment rates. Parkview offers a popular Mandarin immersion program that draws students from across the city. 

 

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