This park, located on the South bank of the river, East of the Groat Bridge is named after a famous women’s activist, Emily Murphy. It comes with picnic shelters, washrooms and numerous picnic sites.
Emily Murphy, born Emily Gowan Ferguson (March 14, 1868-October 27, 1933) was a member of the “Famous Five). She was an woman’s rights activist, jurist and author and became the first female magistrate in Canada and the British Empire in 1916.
There has been some criticism of her later work on the Sexual Sterilization Act of Alberta and her racial views on immigrants.
On this day, Emily Murphy Park was a pleasant way to cross between the U of A lands and the Groat Bridge. It was fairly quiet on our walk West, but was much busier on our return East. I can see why it is a popular picnic site. Open washrooms were also a nice plus.
All photos taken September 24, 2020
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