The total length of the walk from the start of the promontory, down the urban stair, across the promenade and pedestrian bridge, and down the stairs beside the elevator to the bottom landing is approximately 260 m (850 feet).
The Mechanized River Valley Access project makes the river valley more accessible to people of all ages and abilities. It runs from the top of 100 Street near the Hotel Macdonald to the river valley trail system near the low level bridge.
Components of the Project
The Promontory (Top Platform)
The platform allows users to take advantage of the amazing views from the top of the bank near the Hotel Macdonald.
A place to linger, to stop and sit, or to get in your daily workout. There is a bike rail for cyclists that runs the length of the stairs.
The 100 Street Funicular
With plenty of space for wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, and bikes, the glass-enclosed funicular descends from the top of the bank to the promenade above the valley floor. It fits up to 20 people.
It includes a grassy seating area with benches and an art piece called Turbulent inspired by the unique water patterns of the North Saskatchewan River and created by Jill Anhold, based in Vancouver.
Connecting the promenade to the lookout, the bridge provides safe passage across Grierson Hill Road.
The Frederick G. Todd Lookout
A glass railing and built-in seating allows a seamless way to take in the flow of the river and the downtown skyline.
From the bridge, an elevator and a staircase will connect the Mechanized River Valley Access to the existing trail system and Louise McKinney Park, the Low Level Bridge, and the Rossdale/River Crossing area. It holds up to 10 people.
Mechanized access will create a new destination in our city: an innovative, barrier-free system that will allow people to enjoy both our vibrant downtown and our amazing river valley within minutes.
The $24 million project budget was funded by the River Valley Alliance supported by the provincial and federal governments, and the City of Edmonton.
On June 23, 2015, City Council approved the construction of this project. Construction began in March 2016, and was completed early December 2017.
The annual review process is thorough and includes:
Inspecting all outer and inner control devices and cables
Inspecting emergency stop brakes
Testing deceleration emergency stop motor
Performing safety tests