In modelling Griesbach on a ’40’s-style community with inviting front porches and rear-lane garages, the builders created something magical.
A warm, friendly, quiet and welcoming place to live where it is easy to get to know your neighbours and live life to its fullest.
Griesbach has been described as a town within the city. At least, that’s how it feels to those of us lucky enough to live here. It’s centrally located – just 20 minutes north of downtown Edmonton. Griesbach’s boundaries run west from 97 Street to Castle Downs Road, and north from 137th Avenue to 153rd Avenue.
Here are just a few of the things we’re particularly proud of:
- Incredible neighbours!
- Our own school: Major General Griesbach School (K-9).
- Three picturesque urban lakes surrounded by gentle walking paths.
- Front porches.
- The landscaped 24-acre Central Park featuring a gentle hill affording a 360° view of Edmonton. (The best place in the city for Canada Day fireworks!)
- Did we mention you can toboggan on the Central Park hill in the winter?
- A truly unique mixed housing development seamlessly blending single family detached homes with town homes, estate homes and condominiums. Not to mention a rental area in the NE corner that is a key part of our community.
- Soccer fields, ball diamonds and a brand new playground in the near future.
- Having people come together through our popular community events, including the Fall “Shake at the Lake & Art Walk”, and the Griesbach Spring Fling.
- The great volunteer spirit in the community, which makes things like our soccer program and social events so successful.
- The brilliant 97th Street Maples, which attracts people from across the city in the fall.
- Numerous monuments built in recognition of Griesbach’s proud military heritage:
- Historical street names honouring decorated soldiers and campaigns.
- Patricia Park (a plaza celebrating the storied Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, established in 1914). Host site for an annual Remembrance Day Ceremony.
- The flags flying proudly at Patricia Plaza, including the regimental flag of the PPCLI.
- The two magnificent bronze statues of Major General Griesbach and his wife Janet (and their pet fox), located at the community’s two roundabouts.
- The Canadian Airborne Cairn, located in Perron Berger Park (named for two Canadian Peacekeepers who fell in the line of duty).
- The Naval Plaza on Bedford Basin (a lake named for Canada’s deep water port in Nova Scotia).
- A replica Bailey Bridge (used by military engineeres in WW II).
- The plazas around Roundel Lake, featuring silhouettes of aircraft with historical ties to Griesbach: The Mosquito, The Spitfire, The Hercules, The Avro Arrow, The Griffon Helicopter (currently under development).
- A great wooden staircase on the hill that people love to use for cross-training.
- Close proximity to shopping at Northgate Centre, North Town Mall, Namao Centre and more!
- Wildlife, including Red wing blackbirds singing among the reeds.
- Gorgeous front yards with spectacular flower gardens in summer months, spooky decorations around Halloween, and wonderful light displays throughout the festive season.
- The Dianne and Irving Kipness Centre for Veterans.
- (Fingers crossed) hopefully we’ll soon see the long-anticipated commercial development move forward with shops and businesses of interest to the community. Construction is underway on a Marriott Boutique Hotel (Fairfield Inn & Suites).
- The security of an active police presence.