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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.

Share Your Voice

Thank you for completing the online survey on the draft Breathe Strategy and providing your input on the future of our Green Network! 

An online survey for the draft Breathe strategy was open for input from March 15 - April 15. The team will use your valuable input to make adjustments as needed before the Strategy goes to Council in June. 

Thank you for sharing your voice!

Draft Strategy

What's Included

Over the past year, extensive analysis and community input have helped to shape the draft Breathe Strategy we're sharing now.

We invite you to review the Strategy and share your thoughts with us. We will use your input to make adjustments as needed before the Strategy goes to Council in June. 

Part 1 : Foundations (23MB)
The need for a green network strategy, the purpose of the strategy, and the policy framework which informs it.

Part 2 : Layers and Functions (17MB)
The components and functions of Edmonton's Green Network across the themes of Ecology, Celebration and Wellness.

Part 3 : Providing Open Space (12MB)
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
Ten strategic directions, with 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
Challenges and Opportunities of open space planning in the City of Edmonton. This chapter 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.

What Isn’t Included in the Strategy

The Breathe Implementation Plan and the Breathe Procedures and Standards guide are forthcoming and are not part of the draft Breathe 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.

What We Heard Reports and Supply and Demand Analysis Reports can be found on the Events & Public Engagement page, summarized by project phase.

Share Your Voice and learn about the Breathe Public Engagement Process

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

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 is a transformative strategy to make sure that as the city grows, each neighbourhood will be supported by a network of open space as our regional population is projected to double in size.
Explore and photograph Edmonton's multi-functional open spaces

For More Information

Email breathe@edmonton.ca

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