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Breathe held many engagement sessions throughout the project to help shape Edmonton's Green Network Strategy.

Throughout the project, 47 engagement events were held to connect with communities on their ideas about our parks and open space system. Through these opportunities:

  • 1200 people engaged in discussions about the city’s open space system
  • 2500 people were engaged through online surveys

Breathe’s engagement approach of “going where the people are” led team members to 11 festivals throughout the summer months where valuable public input was received.

Engagement Phases

Learn more about Breathe's engagement approach through the What We Heard Reports and Supply and Demand Analysis Reports.

Phase 3: Objectives + Priorities

October 2016 - April 2017

Draft Strategy Survey

March 15 - April 15

We received lots of valuable input that helped us finalise the Breathe Strategic Plan, which will go to Council in summer 2017.

Public Events

March 15: City Hall

Highlights of the Strategy were shared at two events at City Hall.
Hard copies of the draft and survey were also available at City libraries for viewing.


The Breathe team presented the results of Stage 3 Report and the draft Strategic Directions that were developed to help guide policy development and recommendations for the final Strategy.
What We Heard

Stage 3 Report:
Open Space Demand 

This Report reviews the current state of Edmonton’s Green Network using a series of analyses that reflect the holistic perspective of the project. The purpose of this report is to give rise to an understanding of the demand for open spaces in the City of Edmonton.

 



“Let’s Talk Parks” Open Houses

Information Boards

Thank you for attending our Let's Talk Park Open House sessions. We received valuable information that will help inform and shape the future of Edmonton's green network. 

We shared strategic directions that were identified based on spatial analysis of open space supply and demand in Edmonton, and internal and external consultations.

This was an important stage for input and feedback because the strategic directions that were shared, will help to inform policy development and form the Breathe Strategy.

Details of what was shared at our Open Houses:

  • Our current open space network and its strengths and gaps
  • What we’ve heard from Edmontonians about how they use open space, what they love and what they’d like to change
  • How we’ve rolled all of this together to identify objectives, priorities and strategic directions that will help us to create a vibrant, sustainable open space network

Nov 9: Terwillegar Recreation Centre
Nov 14: Clareview Recreation Centre
Nov 15: City Hall

I Heart YEG Winter Event

Nov 20: Alfred H. Savage Centre

Thanks for dropping by our booth to learn more about the BREATHE project, talk with team members and learn how you can provide input on this important strategy!

Phase 2: Strategic Framework

July - September 2016

The BREATHE team presented the results of the Stage 2 Report.
Based on their own knowledge and experiences of open spaces in Edmonton, people were invited to share their comments on the results of the analysis.

What We Heard


Stage 2 Report:
Open Space Supply

This Report reviews the current state of the Edmonton open space system using a series of analyses that reflect the holistic perspective of the project. Together, these analyses provide a snapshot of the quantity, quality, connectivity and accessibility of Edmonton’s green network.



Online Questionnaire and Mapping Survey

May 2 - Sep 2, 2016
Thank you for completing the online surveys and providing your input on the future of the Green Network. 

Almost 300 respondents completed the spatial survey and we received about 1300 comments on our giant map of Edmonton.

For our Online Questionnaire, we received close to 4000 responses!

Twitter Scavenger Hunt

June 6 - September 16, 2016
Thank you for exploring and photographing Edmonton's multi-functional open spaces!

Winning Photos
Pop-Up Engagement Sessions

Thanks for coming out to the various festivals and events across Edmonton to learn about Beathe! We enjoyed learning what you love / would like to change about Edmonton’s opens spaces. 

July 1: Legislature Grounds
July 5: City Hall
July 16: Shakespeare Festival - Hawrelak Park
July 27: Roper Pond
July 28: City Hall
July 29: Beaver Hills House Park Night Market
Aug 2: Jackie Parker Park
Aug 3: Railtown
Aug 8: Glastonbury Park & The Hamptons
Aug 9: City Hall
Aug 10: Love Your Headwaters Festival - Churchill Square
Aug 11: Fringe Festival
Aug 15: Kinnaird Ravine/Rat Creek/Sheriff Robertson Playground
Aug 16: Legislature Grounds
Aug 19: Fringe Festival
Aug 20: Dragon Boat Festival - Louise McKinney Park

“Let’s Talk Parks” Open Houses

Information Boards

Thank you for attending our Let's Talk Park Open House sessions. We received valuable information that will help inform and shape the future of Edmonton's green network.

Aug 17: City Hall
Aug 18: Valley Zoo
Aug 25: Clareview Recreation Centre

Phase 1: Foundations + Vision

April - June 2016

The BREATHE team asked about how the current open space system is working well, issues that are affecting open spaces, and improvements that could be made.

What We Heard


Stage 1 Report:
Edmonton's Green Network

This Report reviews the context of open space planning in Canada. The report is organized around the three Breathe project themes - Celebration, Ecology and Wellness - and the open space functions of each.



Online Questionnaire and Mapping Survey

May 2 - Sep 2, 2016
Thank you for completing the online surveys and providing your input on the future of the Green Network. 

Almost 300 respondents completed the spatial survey and we received about 1300 comments on our giant map of Edmonton.

For our Online Questionnaire, we received close to 4000 responses!

Twitter Scavenger Hunt

June 6 - September 16, 2016
Thank you for exploring and photographing Edmonton's multi-functional open spaces!

Winning Photos
Interactive Drop-in Sessions

May 24: Northeast - Italian Seniors Centre
May 25: Northwest - Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre
May 26: Southeast - Mill Woods Seniors & Multicultural Centre
May 30: Southwest - Harry Ainlay High School Gymnasium
June 1: Downtown - Stanley Milner Library Edmonton Room

Pop-Up Engagement Sessions

Thanks for coming out to the various festivals and events across Edmonton to learn about Beathe! We enjoyed learning what you love / would like to change about Edmonton’s opens spaces. 

June 4: 100-in-1 Day -Michael Phair Park
June 6 , 7: Environment Week - Churchill Square
June 11: River Day - Rundle Parks
June 21: National Aboriginal Day - Borden Park
June 26: Churchill Square

“Let’s Talk Parks” Speaker Series Event at City Hall

June 16, 2016

View the Speaker Series videos

This was part of an event in the "City's Great Ideas. Great City. " Speaker Series in collaboration with the City-Region Studies Centre, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta.

Let's Talk Parks featured Nina-Marie Lister, a respected planner, academic and writer from Ryerson University, whose work explores the relationship between landscape ecology and urbanism.

Noon: Condensed talk by Prof. Lister, with introductory remarks by Mayor Don Iveson, Chief Planner Peter Ohm, and Dr. Katy Campbell, Dean of the Faculty of Extension.

Evening: Main event included the full talk by Prof. Lister. Following Prof. Lister's presentation was a Question and Answer session. Our host and moderator was Dr. Kevin Jones from the City-Region Studies Centre. Joining Prof. Lister were Peter Ohm, Chief Planner, and Dr. Candace Nykiforuk from the U of A School of Public Health and Place Research Lab.

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