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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.

The North Saskatchewan river valley and ravine system is the Edmonton region’s greatest natural asset and a significant contributor to the quality of life for Edmontonians. Long established as a gathering place for Indigenous Nations and then fur traders, Edmontonians continue to value the conservation and celebration of the natural and cultural heritage of the river valley.

Study Area Map

The Ribbon of Green project focuses on the southwest and northeast corners of the city. This map shows the two study areas in detail. 

Share Your Voice

Share Your Thoughts

Tell us how you like to use Edmonton’s River Valley and Ravine System.

Open Houses

Wednesday March 22
4-8 pm
Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre
2051 Leger Road

Thursday March 23
4-8 pm
Clareview Community Recreation Centre
3804 139 Avenue

Kids are warmly welcome and we have fun activities for them!


Public Engagement & Communications Plan
An overview of the topics for public discussion and the tactics to use to gather that input.

Purpose

To complete the high-level planning of two study areas that bookend the North Saskatchewan river valley within Edmonton and are important areas to plan as the city grows.

South West Study Area
North East Study Area

Goals

Develop a vision and innovative, implementable, integrated conceptual-level plans for each study area that facilitate public access while sustaining healthy and resilient ecosystems

Support and sustain an interconnected river valley system that meets the needs of the environment, and those who work, play or live in Edmonton as part of the broader multifunctional green network

Documents / Reports

Environmental Scan
Reviews best practices from around the globe that will inform the Ribbon of Green project.

Project Alignment Background
Outlines how the Ribbon of Green project will align with key projects, as well as the relevant acts, policies and plans.

Where We Are

Ribbon of Green timeline

2017
March-April: Share your Ideas

October-November: Shape our Ribbon

2018
March-April: Plan our Ribbon
July-August: Confirm the new Ribbon Plan

Background

About the Ribbon of Green

In 1990, the Ribbon of Green Concept Plan provided a foundation for the planning, management, and prioritization of park development within the North Saskatchewan river valley and ravine system.

In 1992, the Ribbon of Green Master Plan divided the system based on priorities for planning and infrastructure. It presented a decision-making framework based on technical analysis, policy and financial data.

The Ribbon of Green (2018) will consolidate these original Ribbon of Green plans, and develop strategic guidance for the southwest and northeast corners of the river valley and ravine system that was not previously undertaken.

This project will also consolidate those study area plans with the Ribbon of Green 1990 and 1992 documents into one easy-to-use Ribbon of Green plan. 

Alignment with Existing Policies

The Ribbon of Green (2018) project will follow the direction and guidance provided through BREATHE. 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 Ribbon of Green will follow the direction established in this document including the three key theme areas: Ecology, Wellness and Celebration.  

Ribbon of Green - Ecology Wellness Celebration

Ecology

The river valley is a critical ecosystem and this project will highlight and support natural ecological processes by respecting the river environment and the surrounding habitat for animals such as birds, fish and moose as well as plants and trees.  

Wellness

Edmontonians treasure the river valley and appreciate opportunities to connect with nature within the city.  Each study area offers opportunities for health and well-being as well as places for people to be physically active and recharge mentally.  

Celebration

The river valley has tremendous historic and cultural significance that begins with a long history of use by Indigenous communities. Also, throughout the river valley, there are opportunities for people to connect with each other and build a sense of place. When creating conceptual plans for the study areas, significant historical and cultural locations as well as key places for communities to thrive, gather and celebrate will be planned for. 

Documents

The Ribbon of Green plan is continuing the work of previously completed plans and projects, including these three plans. 

Ribbon of Green Concept Plan (1990)

Provided a foundation for the planning, management, and prioritization of park development within the North Saskatchewan River Valley and Ravine System.

Ribbon of Green Master Plan (1992)

Divided the areas into priority levels for planning and infrastructure. It laid out a decision-making framework based on technical, policy and financial data for activities in the central areas of the city.

BREATHE: Edmonton’s Green Network Strategy

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 BREATHE is to plan and sustain a healthy city by encouraging connection and integration of open space at the site, neighbourhood, city and regional levels.  The Ribbon of Green is one of the first open space plans to be created under the guidance of BREATHE.

Newsletter

Ensure you don’t miss out on any in-person events.

For More Information

Email ribbonofgreen@edmonton.ca

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