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85% of Edmontonians Want Part of the Old Walterdale Bridge Turned into a Glass Café

Instead of demolishing the old Walterdale bridge, many Edmontonians rather a glass café be installed.
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EDMONTON — A poll originally created in August of 2014 on one of my other websites Shoutout Edmonton shows that most Edmontonians would rather the old Walterdale bridge – currently being replaced by a new $155 million arch bridge due for completion in 2017 – be 1/3rd preserved, then turned into a fully glassed-in café.

In an attempt to get more results, as we understand that 439 votes isn’t enough to get a true sense of the Edmonton metro’s population of 1.2 million people, we’ve embedded the old poll onto this page to get more results cashed in.

We kindly ask that you take a moment to vote on whether or not you think this café would be a lovely addition to our beautiful river valley.

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As of this writing – of the 439 voters from two years ago – 357 people (81.3%) wanted this project to come to fruition, whereas only 82 (18.7%) did not.

Let’s keep in mind that, while keeping 1/3rd of the old Walterdale bridge up to build this glassed-in café may not be feasible, there are other options for a glassed-in café being built overhanging our beautiful river valley.

If we manage to get thousands of votes and keep a rate of over 80% of voters wanting a glass café, then maybe, just maybe the people responsible for being able to make this happen may take it into greater consideration before making a final decision before the demolition. It’s never too late, after all, and there are other ways to go about it.

The old Walterdale bridge has not been torn down yet, as it will continue to get used by the city’s traffic until the new Walterdale bridge is opened in 2017.

The idea was proposed in mid-2014, but quickly turned down without thoroughly digging into its possible potential.

The glassed-in café:

It would cost between $6 and $8 million for rehabilitation and remediation of the bridge. Gene Dub, a former city Councillor, would pay the city money up front for the lease to deliver this incredible experience for Edmontonians and visitors to our city. If you ask me, this café has potential to be a must-see place when visiting our city. Products sold at the café could be set a little higher to help pay for the project’s costs.

Who would pay for the project?

Five Oaks would pay a $1 million deposit up front to the city for a 40-year lease to use the bridge. It would cost Five Oaks about $5 million to build the restaurant. “There would be no risk to the city,” Dub said.Edmonton Journal, 2014

Why it isn’t being considered:

The city of Edmonton has potential to make a profit off of this idea, but the idea never even made it into council chambers.

The city worries that keeping 1/3rd of the old Walterdale bridge would obstruct the view of the new $155 million modern bridge being constructed, but if you ask me, this, along with the new bridge, would be a beautiful addition to our river valley in tandem.

Glassed-in cafe on old Walterdale bridge
Glassed-in cafe on old Walterdale bridge


Jody Mitoma

Founder of Edmonton Talks News.

13 thoughts on “85% of Edmontonians Want Part of the Old Walterdale Bridge Turned into a Glass Café

  • Mary-Ann Holm
    August 9, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    I think this looks like an eyesore. Bad idea. I question the results of this poll.

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  • August 9, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Who pays the O&M for the inspections to ensure bridge integrity and the repairs et al going forward

    • August 9, 2016 at 8:51 PM

      Things haven’t gotten this far along, Db. It never even made it to council chambers.

  • August 10, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    I prefer it is used for something and not torn down but I don’t think this city needs another “downtown preppy young business person” place to eat. Why can’t it be connected to the whyte ave side too and be a nice full walking bridge with benches and maybe a small farmers market tabling situation on the one side on weekends? Forget the glass, forget all that money, let people enjoy the fresh air, the view and being outside.

  • Dave Williams
    August 12, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    and when the Brits polled people on a good name for a polar research boat they got “Boaty McBoatface”


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