The Capital Region River Valley is North America’s largest urban park with a total area of more than 18,000 acres. This amazing park connects over 88 kilometres of the North Saskatchewan River Valley from Devon to Fort Saskatchewan.
In 2012, the RVA announced $90 million in funding for capital projects that will improve public access to the North Saskatchewan River and river valley. Of this $90 million, $72.9 million was allocated for projects within Edmonton.
The River Valley Alliance (RVA) provided $48.6 million in funding to the City of Edmonton for River Valley Capital Projects. The RVA funds are sourced from the Government of Canada ($24.3 million) and the Government of Alberta ($24.3 million). The Government of Alberta provided an additional $22.6 million and the City of Edmonton contributed $1.7 million to the projects.
River Valley Alliance
- To preserve, protect and enhance the river valley to create one of the largest river valley park systems for the year-round accessibility and enjoyment of its citizens and visitors
- To create a continuous world-class metropolitan river valley park system in the Alberta Capital Region
A 16-member board of directors governs the RVA with representatives from each member municipality.
The RVA has three primary roles:
- Coordinate river valley planning and development within the seven member municipalities
- Ensure the plans respond to and balance the social, recreation, environment and economic needs of capital region residents
- Raise funds to bring the plans to reality