Edmonton’s River Valley provides citizens and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors year-round. During the winter months, many activities can be enjoyed including outdoor skating. There are endless options for family-friendly skating experiences in the River Valley from IceWays looping through forests to shinny ponds and table land ice surfaces.
River Valley Parks and Facilities is looking to develop a 20-year strategic plan for outdoor ice surfaces in the River Valley. This will include a vision and a comprehensive review at year 10 of its lifecycle.
February 2018: River Valley Ice Strategy commenced
November/December 2018: Phase 1 of Public Engagement
February/March 2019: Phase 2 of Public Engagement
March/April 2019: Phase 3 of Public Engagement (tentative)
June 2019: River Valley Ice Strategy Complete
Phase 1 – November/December 2018
- Stakeholders and the public will provide input to REFINE the draft vision and areas of focus for Edmonton’s River Valley ice surfaces.
- Considering the draft vision and strategic areas of focus, stakeholders and the public will provide input to ADVISE the City about priority objectives for River Valley ice surfaces.
Activities: Public online survey and drop-in sessions
What We Heard Report: January 2019
Phase 2 – February/March 2019
- Stakeholders and the public to provide input on how the City can REFINE the draft 5, 10, 20-year priority objectives.
- Stakeholders will provide input to ADVISE the City on opportunities for partnership, and other forms of collaboration regarding implementing the draft 5, 10, and 20-year priority objectives.
Activities: Public Engagement Sessions and Stakeholder Sessions
What We Heard Report: available March 2019
Phase 3 – March/April 2019 (Tentative)
Over the years, various new ice surfaces have been built during the winter months in the River Valley. The River Valley ice strategy will include a 20-year strategic plan for outdoor ice surfaces in the River Valley. It will assist in performing a comprehensive review of the current ice surfaces, provide recommendations, and create an implementation plan for future ice surfaces in the River Valley.
Engaging citizens as part of the City’s decision-making process is critical to the success of the strategy as it will:
- Ensure the development of a vision for River Valley ice surfaces is shaped by all
- Provide a clear understanding of how citizens enjoy and are interested in experiencing River Valley ice surfaces
- Create alignment between the strategy and supporting implementation plan with interests and expectations of citizens
- Explore how stakeholders can be part of implementing any proposed changes to River Valley ice surfaces.