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The City started a concept planning process in late 2018 to establish a 20-year vision and development plan for the park.

Project Update- January 2021

The Gallagher Park concept plan project is in the final phase. The project team, which includes City staff and representatives from the Cloverdale Community League, Edmonton Ski Club and Edmonton Folk Music Festival have all worked together to provide input from their organizations to ensure that we have a unified concept plan that responds to the needs of all the site partners.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report, along with a Site Location Study (SLS) report were completed in January 2021 to ensure that proposed concept plan enhancements have been reviewed for their impact on the site. The concept plan is currently being finalized according to the public input that was received in all 3 phases of public engagement, along with the technical requirements and the City strategies and policies.

The final Gallagher Park concept plan will be posted in spring 2021.

About the Park

Gallagher Park plays a pivotal role in the river valley parks system. It is home to Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton Ski Club, Cloverdale Community League and the Edmonton Folk Festival. The park provides recreation, leisure, sport, and an arts and culture venue year-round for Edmontonians.

Project Overview

The Gallagher Park concept plan will establish a 20-year vision for development and use of the area. Initial public and stakeholder engagement started in winter 2019 and will continue throughout the planning process.

The complete process will include an analysis of opportunities and constraints as well as public engagement on the vision, programming and uses of the park. The process will consider the existing inventory and use, the goals of all partners invested in the site, the priorities identified by the public, all applicable standards and regulations, and the strategic goals of the City.

The Gallagher Park concept plan will also provide direction for implementation, including potential investment through the City’s Capital Budget and/or partner development strategies. The outcome of the concept plan is to ensure that Gallagher Park remains a celebrated and cherished public space.

Currently, funding is not available for implementation of the concept plan. Should funding become available through partnerships or future City capital budgets, the concept plan will guide development of the park.

Project Timeline

concept phase


  • Preferred concept plan development
  • Preferred concept plan public engagement


  • Concept plan draft development
  • Public engagement for the concept options and preferred concept plan


  • Consultant procurement
  • City consultation with park site partners


Indigenous engagement in collaboration with 2 other City master plans: Dawson Park — Kinnaird Ravine and Oleskiw Park


  • City Council identified the need for a collaborative approach to develop a 20-year vision for Gallagher Park which included City administration, site partners and Edmontonians
  • A project team and steering committee was established which included both City staff and external site partners

Public Engagement

The project will include 3 phases of public engagement to help the City develop a concept plan that will respond to site partners, community needs and City priorities. Each phase will include a drop-in public engagement session, online engagement, and internal and external project team meeting:

Phase 1 – March 2019
Project Introduction, Inventory and Analysis, Vision & Guiding Principles

This is the first opportunity to join the conversation about the park. In this phase, the City is looking for initial feedback about the park, including what you like (or do not like) about the park, why it is important to you and what you want to see in the future.

Meeting Materials
What We Heard Report

Phase 2 - September 2019
Concept Design Options

The City will be looking for feedback on 2 concept design options including variations on proposed activities, features, and design elements for the park. The public will have the opportunity to help prioritize elements and choose preferred options.

Meeting Materials (13MB)
What We Heard Report

Phase 3 — Summer 2020
Preferred Concept Design

The City will present a final draft of the park preferred concept design that integrates the priorities and feedback from Phase 2. The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback and help fine-tune the program and design.

A final concept plan report will be used as a guide for the future of the park.

What We Heard Report

For More Information

Open Space Planning and Design


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