Main page content begins here

Building a healthy city by encouraging connection and integration of open space throughout our neighbourhoods and across the region.

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.

Project details about Edmonton's Green Network Strategy.
News and videos detailing the strategy development process for Breathe.
Breathe held many engagement sessions throughout the project to help shape Edmonton's Green Network Strategy.

Breathe in Action

Help us create an integrated planning framework to support a connected, accessible and ecologically-resilient River Valley system.

Procedures and Standards Guide

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

Stay Connected with Breathe

Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about Edmonton's Green Network Strategy

Breathe Strategy

The strategy will guide future planning to ensure 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

Open Space Policy

Edmonton’s Open Space Policy (C594), approved by City Council in August 2017 along with the Breathe Strategy, recognizes Edmonton’s green network as a living system of interconnected public parks and open spaces, which deliver a broad range of services and community benefits.

The Open Space Policy signals a new direction for open space network planning that supports multifunctionality, recognizes open spaces as part of a connected landscape, and values public land as an important resource that must be thought of holistically.

The City has developed the Approach to Community Recreation Facility Planning in Edmonton to guide investment in community recreation facilities.

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online

If you are calling from outside of Edmonton: 780-442-5311



TTY 780-944-5555

End of page content. Please choose between the following five options:

Back to main menu Back to current page menu and content View current page breadcrumb Back to site search Continue to page footer content