A Proposed National Urban Park for Edmonton

Since 2021, the City of Edmonton has been in discussion with project partners including Parks Canada, the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, the Otipemisiwak Métis Government (formerly the Métis Nation of Alberta), and the Government of Alberta (in an observer role) about the potential for establishing a national urban park in the Edmonton region. 

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. Project partners are discussing what a national urban park could look like, but no decisions have been made to designate a national urban park at this time. 

Project Status

The project remains in the pre-feasibility phase. Partners are working to move the project forward and are making progress. In August 2023, City Council reviewed the City administration's report on pre-feasibility phase outcomes and recommended moving forward to the planning phase. 

Pre-feasibility phase activities included partner discussions about a preferred study area, and preliminary considerations for a vision, a boundary and management options. A detailed summary of pre-feasibility phase outcomes and engagement conducted by the City of Edmonton is provided in the following reports:

Once all work within the pre-feasibility phase is completed, and pending a final endorsement from project partners, the project will move to the planning phase for further analysis and engagement.

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