The Current Normal – September 24, 2020 Walk – (Part 3) – Emily Murphy Park

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

at the Eastern edge of the park, a nice bench to contemplate the river
golden fall color
Marveling at the fall colours
leafy hues
a leafy canopy over the picnic sites

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After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

17 thoughts on “The Current Normal – September 24, 2020 Walk – (Part 3) – Emily Murphy Park

  1. It may seem granted when passing through a park, but it took courage for those who decided to create it rather than accept new constructions, instead of a source of income they preferred a source of expenditure for the community. And yet we are so happy to benefit from it. Thanks for your post.

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    1. Absolutely. There is a plan afoot right now to install 45,000 solar panels in a prairie grasslands in the river valley. While an admirable enterprise for renewable energy, it is not the right location. Hopefully, the city will do the right thing. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Thanks. With our wet June and July, we got a real blaze of colour this year. Dry conditions have affected intensity and interval in previous years, for sure. Our colour right now is white, as we are getting snow flurries. Thanks for reading Scott. Allan

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  2. This looks like a nice park to go for a walk and enjoy the fall colours. It’s been a particularly vibrant fall here in Ontario (must have been because of all that rain) and the leaves have lasted pretty long on the trees so far. This is my favourite time of the year to hike. Take care.

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    1. It is and also for families to gather for picnics in normal times. The colours are long gone here now and the S word showed up here yesterday. Glad your colours are lasting. It does make the winter seem shorter. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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  3. You have so many beautiful parks and spots to visit nearby; Edmonton really is an amazing city that seems to have it all. I love how vibrant those autumn colours are, it’s best to enjoy them before winter claims their beauty. Thanks for sharing and take care 😊 Aiva

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