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Breathe: The future of Edmonton’s Green Network

Breathe is a transformative strategy to make sure that as the city grows, each neighbourhood will be supported by a network of open space for the next 30 years. The main goal of the Green Network Strategy is to plan and sustain a healthy city by encouraging connection and integration of open space at the site, neighbourhood, city and regional levels.

The Breathe Strategic Plan is Complete

Over the past year, extensive analysis and community input have helped to shape the Breathe Strategy, which will guide future planning for parks and open space, ensuring all neighbourhoods are supported by high-quality, accessible, connected open spaces.

Part 1: Foundations (17MB)
  • The need for a green network strategy
  • The purpose of the strategy
  • The policy framework which informs it
Part 2: Layers and Functions (9MB)
  • The components and functions of Edmonton's Green Network across the themes of Ecology, Celebration and Wellness
Part 3: Providing Open Space (10MB)
Part 3: Maps (32MB)
  • Describes and illustrates how open space is provided in Edmonton in terms of quality, distribution, diversity and supply, currently and projected for the future 
Part 4: Green Network Policies (3MB)
  • 10 Strategic Directions
  • Accompanying policies that will guide open space planning, design, (re)development, management and use as the city grows and changes
Part 5: From Policy to Action (3MB)
  • Challenges and Opportunities of open space planning in the City of Edmonton
  • Lays out the next steps in the development and implementation of Breathe
Map Package (22MB)
  • Provides the maps included in the draft Strategy in 11inch x 17inch format
Want to learn more about the 10 Strategic Directions that guided policy development leading to the completion of the Breathe Strategy?

Check out our News and Videos page, which includes the Where We're Going project video and the presentation that introduced the draft Strategy in March 2017.

What Isn’t Included in the Strategy

The Breathe Implementation Plan is currently being developed and will be finalized pending Council Approval of the Strategic Plan later this summer. 

The Procedures and Standards guide will review and revisit the more detailed aspects of open space planning, design and management (such as acquisition, site configuration and street frontage). This guide will require further research and engagement and will be in development into 2018.

Please note that open space/park provision targets are not included in the Strategic Plan, and will be reviewed and developed through the Breathe Implementation Plan. The development of provision targets will require further research and engagement and will be in development into 2018.

A transformative strategy ensuring a network of green spaces for every neighbourhood

Learn about the Public Engagement process, activities, and reports.

The City is developing a 20-year Recreation ​Facility​ Master Plan to build and renew recreation facilities, such as community centres, indoor soccer ​​pitches, ice arenas and aquatic centres. ​

Breathe in the news, and videos detailing the strategy development process.
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