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The Buena Vista/Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park 10-year Master Plan was approved by City Council. The plan strives to increase people's opportunities to experience and enjoy the park while preserving and enhancing the ecological systems in place.

The plan expands opportunities to view and touch the water, introduces additional amenities, enhances existing facilities such as Yorath House, increases barrier-free design through the parks, identifies preservation areas and implements measures to protect and stabilize shoreline areas along the North Saskatchewan River.

The master plan is being implemented in phases and with anticipated completed by 2018.

Notice to Park Users

Construction projects are underway at Buena Vista Park and Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park. Visitors should expect detours and possible traffic delays at both parks.

Construction

These projects are all part of the Buena Vista Master/Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park Master Plan implementation and are anticipated to be complete in 2017.

  • Buena Vista Road and the park entrance complete June 2017
  • Renovation of the Yorath House (1), construction of the Yorath parking lot (2), and the off-leash meeting area amenity node (4) began in September 2016. Completion is scheduled for December, 2018. Landscaping around the house to be complete in the Spring of 2019.
  • Buena Vista/Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park - Phase II Revitalization work is scheduled to begin in June 2017 with anticipated completion in October 2017
    • Phase II Revitalization work includes:
      • Resurface granular parking lots
      • Bio swale and LID rain-gardens in rowing club parking lot
      • Add removable speed bumps in Laurier Park
      • Resurface granular trails and construct asphalt trails
      • Add two wooden view-decks
      • Upgrade picnic sites and concrete pads
      • Add three new picnic shelters
      • Remove and replace two playgrounds, boulders and landscaping
  • Demolition and construction of a new washroom in Laurier Park will begin in fall of 2017

Completed Projects

Park Entrance Roundabout, Secondary Pathway Improvements (5), Shared-use Pathway Improvements (6), Melton Ravine Bicycle Trail Realignment (7), Dog Beach Access Stairs (8), Stairway Additions (9), and Pathway Realignments (10).

Thank you for your patience and understanding as the City works to enhance the park and preserve the river valley trail system for years to come.

Timeline

Project Lifecycle Design

2019

Phase 1C: Completion of Yorath Landscaping.

2018

Phase 1B - Operate: Construction & Completion of Yorath House, Parking and Park Amenity Node.

Phase 2 - Build: Construction of parking lot, roadway upgrades and LID rain gardens

2017

Phase 1B - Build: Construction of Yorath Parking and Park Amenity Node

2016

Phase 1A - Operate

Phase 1B - Design: Including - Yorath House Redevelopment, Yorath Parking Lot Addition and Amenity Node

Phase 2 - Design/Build: Including - Parking lot upgrades

2015

Phase 1A - Construction

2014 - 2015

Phase 1A - Design: Including - Secondary Pathway Improvements, Dog Beach Access Stairs, Stairway Additions, Shared-use Pathway Improvements, Melton Ravine Bicycle Trail Realignment, and Pathway Realignment

2014

Master Plan Approval

Project Overview

Funding has been approved by City Council to implement the master plan. Funded elements include:

  • Improving park entrance including new park signage and landscaping
  • Developing a roundabout for improved access to the parks and Edmonton Valley Zoo as part of the Buena Vista Road rehabilitation project
  • Enhancing the off-leash area including accessibility improvements to the ‘dog beach’, a new three season washroom facility and information kiosks and trail and pathway improvements
  • Enhancing the existing shared use path from gravel to asphalt surfacing to improve all season accessibility
  • Improving the wayfinding and park signage
  • Improving parking and access
  • Improving riverside paths

Redeveloping Yorath House

Yorath House, located in Buena Vista Park, was acquired by the City of Edmonton in 1992 with intentions to repurpose the property into a four-season public amenity building. While various studies and assessments were completed, the property has never been redeveloped and continues to sit vacant within the park. Yorath House is listed on the City’s Inventory of Historic Properties and the City is seeking formal designation of Yorath House as a Municipal Historic Resource.

The Buena Vista/Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park Master Plan provided the opportunity to revisit the discussion and better understand what role Yorath House might have in the park. Through public consultation it was clear that park users wished to see the space redeveloped into a public amenity building to serve the park. Redevelopment includes opportunities for public programs and events.

For More Information

Integrated Infrastructure Services

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

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