The Story of Hawks Ridge at Big Lake
Hawks Ridge has been blossoming since 2010, when the neighbourhood plan was officially approved and Walton Development and Management (Walton) was able to break ground on this uniquely sustainable community.
In 2013, the first human residents moved in – the first hawk took up residence shortly after – with about 220 families calling Hawks Ridge their home by the end of 2017.
Coincidentally, shortly after neighbourhood development began, a hawk built a nest in the trees overlooking the new home construction. The bird seems to be content as it keeps an eye on the community below, and there have been no reports from residents of any nuisance caused by its presence.
It’s no surprise that locals have welcomed their feathered neighbour. The fact that you can enjoy a serene and peaceful environment without having to give up the conveniences of modern city living is the most frequent reason residents give for why they love living in Hawks Ridge. People get to immerse themselves in the stunning natural surroundings while still having quick access to their friends, family and work in St. Albert or Edmonton. (Not to mention, an easy escape to the mountains.)
So far, about 80% of the community pathways are ready to use (which is great news for dog owners), while plans are underway for the construction and opening of several businesses and services in 2018 and 2019.
Safeguarding the Future
Protecting local wildlife is essential as we strive to build sustainable communities for present and future generations while minimizing impact to the surrounding environment.
Along with the hawk, hundreds of other animal species call the Big Lake area their home. An important part of Walton’s vision for Hawks Ridge was the preservation of natural wildlife corridors so that animals wouldn’t lose access to their natural habitats.
In 2015, a key piece of infrastructure opened to pave the way for this part of the vision. Built in conjunction with Alberta Environment and the City of Edmonton, the Hawks Ridge Pass is a bridge on 215 Street that doubles as a wildlife crossing for animals moving about the environmental reserve. The structure is the first of its kind in Canada outside a national park.
With the community located right next to the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park, the Hawks Ridge Pass provides a way to protect local wildlife while simultaneously giving residents easy access in and out of the neighbourhood. Research being conducted by the University of Alberta is already showing positive signs of use by at least four species, including moose, deer, coyotes, and porcupines.
Hawks Ridge offers several ways for residents to contribute directly to a sustainable future and help protect their wildlife neighbours (like our friend, the hawk).
Residents are provided with rain barrels, so they can save water while keeping their yards and gardens beautiful. The amount of hard surfaces, such as concrete, is kept to a minimum. Restrictions on pesticides and chemical de-icers, as well as a special system for treating stormwater and surface run-off, prevent harm to the lake. This will have the added benefit of significantly reducing eutrophication (a cause of algae blooms) which has been a major threat to Big Lake.
These initiatives will minimize the impact of development in the area so that Hawks Ridge can continue to grow and mature with confidence.
Meeting the Highest Standards
The community of Hawks Ridge was planned with the highest standards in mind. Even the lighting and roads were designed to align with the community’s sustainable vision. Extensive preserve areas and green spaces help the neighborhood blend into its natural surroundings while offering lots of room for active families to play games and explore the outdoors.
To meet the high standards of this vision, Walton handpicked some of the top home builders in the Edmonton market in terms of overall customer satisfaction. As a result, owners know they can count on high quality home construction that reflects the same vision and standards of the community development.
Residents can choose from a variety of home styles and sizes to suit their needs and budget without ever having to compromise on quality. Rear-lane, front garage, and semi-estate homes are available at Hawks Ridge – all with the modern features that discerning buyers expect.
See For Yourself
Discovering Hawks Ridge at Big Lake
Hawks Ridge is ideally located, north of Yellowhead Trail on 215th Street, just west of Anthony Henday Drive.
Hawks Ridge award-winning builders are committed to offering you a selection of attainable, well-built homes to suit your family today and tomorrow. All award-winning builders are members of CHBA-Edmonton.