Ritchie: A Lively, Fun Neighbourhood With a Brand New Market on the way
This beautiful neighbourhood is known for its brightly coloured houses and community spirit. An advantage of living in Ritchie is its proximity to Mill Creek Ravine park, a much-loved spot for active outdoors enthusiasts, with rough and paved trails. There’s lots to do! There is a sense of community energy; the active community league in Ritchie offers a variety of programs for all ages. Winter and summer activities are easily accessible. Super fun sports activities thrive – staples like hockey and more inventive, unusual sports like bicycle polo.
Ritchie is also a go-to for those who pursue artistic endeavours. One might join an art class or grab some art supplies at The Paint Spot; Blackbox Studios offers what they call a “chill space for artists during their downtime” among many other musical services. Ritchie is not too far south of the North Saskatchewan River, a haven for recreation buffs. Totem Outdoor Outfitters are right here, providing extensive services for sports aficionados and families. All of this makes Ritchie an ideal neighbourhood for young children; school options for residents include Escuela Mill Creek, an international Spanish school. There is also a French immersion school, Ecole J. H. Picard. Green spaces and a community centre are ideal places to mingle and have fun. Earth’s General Store has organic and fair trade products for those who want to live intentionally, and the Blue Chair Cafe is a well-loved destination for culinary indulgence. One is bound to discover a youthful atmosphere here; a city census shows that a large proportion of residents are in their twenties. Types of residences are varied.
It is no surprise that visionary developers recognize something special about this neighbourhood and are aware of transformative potential here. News reports in the Edmonton Journal and the CBC tell of an exciting innovation – a brand new complex ( The Ritchie Market) – that will liven things up in the neighbourhood. Ritchie market is going to have a brew pub, a bicycle shop (Velocity Cycle’s Second Location) and a restaurant geared towards families. There will also be a coffee shop which includes a roastery (Transcend Coffee), and Ritchie’s newly located but long-time favourite, the Acme Meat Market.
A growing number of Edmontonians who are keeping up green standards by cycling to get around will be pleased to hear that there will be a bicycle store and plenty of bicycle parking. The market will open this year, in the fall, adding further momentum to the neighbourhood.