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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

The Ribbon of Green will guide the conservation, preservation and use of the North Saskatchewan river valley and ravines, focusing on the southwest and northeast corners of the city.

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.

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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.

Planning and Design of the Emerald Crescent

The City has partnered with a team of 8 Master of Planning students through Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning graduate studio, the Studio Team, to develop a vision, guiding principles and three mutually inclusive scenarios that will inform the future planning and design of the Emerald Crescent in the Decoteau Area.

Harnessing and conserving the ecological network before development occurs offers the City the opportunity to apply the Breathe Strategy at a neighbourhood scale. The Breathe Strategy guides the citywide green network that consists of integrated open spaces, municipal parks and ecological connections.

The City has developed the Approach to Community Recreation Facility Planning in Edmonton to guide investment in community recreation facilities.
10-year River Access Strategy is being developed to define locations and regulations around building water-side infrastructure and amenities within the City of Edmonton.

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