The National Urban Park Program
The City of Edmonton is currently in discussion with Parks Canada, the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, the Métis Nation of Alberta, and the Government of Alberta about the potential for establishing a National Urban Park in the Edmonton area.
The National Urban Park Initiative is expected to be a multi-phase, multi-year project, with opportunities for public and stakeholder engagement at all stages.
Currently, the project is in the pre-feasibility phase. Pre-feasibility will explore the potential benefits and challenges of a National Urban Park.
Outcomes of this phase include recommending a potential site, developing a park vision and exploring initial ideas on governance options. Discussions with project partners and City Council will determine whether to proceed from the pre-feasibility phase into future planning phases and park designation.
At this time, no site for a National Urban Park in Edmonton has been selected, and Edmonton is under no obligation to establish a park. We are at the start of discussing what a National Urban Park might look like in the Edmonton area.
Before a decision is made on the creation of a National Urban Park in the Edmonton area, technical work and public engagement will be completed to help identify a potential site for the park, evaluate the potential benefits and challenges of a National Urban Park, and understand various perspectives on what such a park could look like.