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To ensure that as Edmonton grows, each neighbourhood will be supported by a network of open space for the next 30 years.

Help Shape the Future of Edmonton's Parks and Open Space

Breathe is a transformative strategy to make sure that as the population grows to over 2-million people, each neighbourhood will be supported by a network of open space.

The Breathe Strategic Plan is Complete

Over the past year, extensive analysis and community input have helped to shape the Breathe Strategy, which will guide future planning for parks and open space, ensuring all neighbourhoods are supported by high-quality, accessible, connected open spaces.

Part 1: Foundations (17MB)
  • The need for a green network strategy
  • The purpose of the strategy
  • The policy framework which informs it
Part 2: Layers and Functions (9MB)
  • The components and functions of Edmonton's Green Network across the themes of Ecology, Celebration and Wellness
Part 3: Providing Open Space (10MB)
Part 3: Maps (32MB)
  • Describes and illustrates how open space is provided in Edmonton in terms of quality, distribution, diversity and supply, currently and projected for the future 
Part 4: Green Network Policies (3MB)
  • 10 Strategic Directions
  • Accompanying policies that will guide open space planning, design, (re)development, management and use as the city grows and changes
Part 5: From Policy to Action (3MB)
  • Challenges and Opportunities of open space planning in the City of Edmonton
  • Lays out the next steps in the development and implementation of Breathe
Map Package (22MB)
  • Provides the maps included in the draft Strategy in 11inch x 17inch format
Want to learn more about the 10 Strategic Directions that guided policy development leading to the completion of the Breathe Strategy?

Check out our News and Videos page, which includes the Where We're Going project video and the presentation that introduced the draft Strategy in March 2017.

Thank You for Sharing Your Voice

The Draft Strategy Survey to collect input on the draft was open from March 15 - April 15, 2017 and we received lots of valuable input that helped us finalise the Breathe Strategic Plan, which will go to Council in summer 2017.

Two public events were held to share the highlights of the Strategy on March 15 at City Hall. Hard copies of the draft and survey were also available at City libraries for viewing.

What Isn’t Included in the Strategy

The Breathe Implementation Plan is currently being developed and will be finalized pending Council Approval of the Strategic Plan later this summer. 

The Procedures and Standards guide will review and revisit the more detailed aspects of open space planning, design and management (such as acquisition, site configuration and street frontage). This guide will require further research and engagement and will be in development into 2018.

Please note that open space/park provision targets are not included in the Strategic Plan, and will be reviewed and developed through the Breathe Implementation Plan. The development of provision targets will require further research and engagement and will be in development into 2018.

Engagement Process & Reporting Back

The Public Engagement Plan outlines our plans for engaging Edmontonians in Breathe.

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.

View the video about Breathe's engagement efforts

Engagement Phases

What We Heard Reports and Supply and Demand Analysis Reports are summarized by phase below.
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.

The City of Edmonton is committed to involving the people affected by the decisions it makes. We seek diverse opinions, experiences and information so that a wide spectrum of information is available to decision makers.

For More Information

Email breathe@edmonton.ca

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