River Access Strategy
The River Access Strategy is a 10-year plan being developed to inform future programming, operations and infrastructure improvements that support access to the river and activities associated with the river. It will define locations, regulations and use guidelines for development of river-based amenities. It will also balance environmental stewardship while encouraging a broader appreciation for activities on the river. All of this will enhance enjoyment of the North Saskatchewan River for existing and future users, as well as provide direction and assurances to partners.
|Fall 2016||River Access Strategy Final Report|
City Council approves the River Access Guiding Principles Policy
Strategies Online Survey
|Jun - Jul 2014||
Guiding Principles Online Survey
|Jun 2014||Guiding Principles Stakeholder Review|
|Apr - May 2014||
River Usage and Attitudes Online Survey
|Dec 2013 / Jan 2014||
Initial Stakeholder ConsultationRiver Access Strategy Facilitated Sessions Overview
The North Saskatchewan River valley is one of North America’s largest urban parks. Stewardship of this resource is important to Edmontonians. Access to the river and its valley is essential to Edmonton’s quality of life.
Within Edmonton's city limits, the banks of the North Saskatchewan River include many parks, natural areas, trails, and amenities including boating facilities, launches, hand launches and docks. These features are owned by the City and designed for use by the public, partner groups and Emergency Response.
The River Access Strategy will establish guiding principles and guidelines to inform the development and location of all river-based infrastructure and supporting amenities. It will provide guidance on development, locations and use of river recreational facilities, as well as identify a number of strategies and implementation actions. Its goal will be to balance environmental stewardship while encouraging a broader appreciation for activities on or near the river.
Since August 2013, the City has led the development of the River Access Strategy in collaboration with the public, stakeholders and partner groups. To date a set of guiding principles and strategies for river access were established through extensive consultation, discussions and workshops. On November 3, 2015, City Council approved the ‘River Access Guiding Principles’ policy.
Throughout 2016, the City will be developing site criteria and identifying appropriate locations and uses for river activity. Opportunities for public and stakeholder involvement will continue. Anticipated completion of the River Access Strategy is fall 2016.
For more information:
Park & Facility Development
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Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7
In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311