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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 together in detail. 

South West detail (Study Area 1)
North East detail (Study Area 2)


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

Draft Ribbon of Green Plan

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.

Ecological Resources Overview

Cultural Resources Overview

Recreation Assessment 

Phase 4: "Confirm Our Ribbon"

Public Engagement

In this engagement phase you will have an opportunity to review how we’ve used your input to refine the draft Ribbon of Green plan, which includes policy direction, programming guidance, and proposed trail networks for the southwest and northeast portion of the river valley and ravine system.

You’ll have the opportunity to review the revised plan and identify any final changes needed before the plan goes to Council for approval.  

Online Survey
Have your say on our online questionnaire from November 15 - December 6, 2018.

Open Houses

Thursday November 15, 2018
Edmonton Tower - Lobby
10111 104 Avenue NW

Wednesday November 21, 2018
Clareview Recreation Centre
3804 139 Avenue NW

Thursday November 22, 2018
Terwillegar Recreation Centre
2051 Leger Road NW


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


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.  


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.  


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. 

We're in the News!

Ribbon of Green on CTV News

Check out the article "City seeks input on future plans for river valley," written by Steven Dyer where he interviewed Ribbon of Green’s project manager Ryan Andres to discuss what has been heard so far from the project’s public engagement efforts. In the article, Ryan explains that overall, the team has heard a strong need from citizens to protect Edmonton’s ecological resources, particularly due to the ecologically sensitive areas within the study areas, and that these areas need to be protected.

Read the CTV News article

Ribbon of Green on Global TV

Check out the interview by Global TV where project manager and planner Ryan Andres explains what the Ribbon of Green project will achieve. Ryan was interviewed during one of our Let’s Talk River Valley & Ravines open houses held in March, 2017. 


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