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The established stairs between Whitemud Park and Grandview Heights have exceeded their lifecycle and do not meet City standards. The stairs are heavily used with a total of 254 steps from top to bottom. This set of stairs is a very popular place for stair climbers and others who use them to access the River Valley Trail system and the Alfred Savage building. The new stair design will need to accommodate this type of usage, provide bicycle access (bike ramp), and accommodate the existing set of side stairs leading to the east toward the toboggan hill. At the top of the stairs, there is a viewing area and platform that also requires upgrades and replacement.

Project Objectives

  • Replace stairs to meet current City standards
  • Construct and install lookout platform and benches
  • Improve safety for users
  • Tie into the existing granular trail at top and bottom of stairs
  • Provide a defined granular pathway to connect the staircase to the parking lot
  • Design stairs with the recommended maximum number of steps between landings, with no more than 2 flights without a change of direction. 
  • Achieve a stair alignment that considers water run-off and erosion within the proximity of the stairs as well as beneath the stairs.
  • Achieve a stair alignment which footprint is within 10 metres of the current stair’s footprint.

Information Session

A public engagement event to discuss the concept plan with stair users and local residents will be scheduled in April 2019.

Project Timeline

2020: Construction estimated to begin in spring and be completed in fall

2019: Detailed design finalized, public information activities and completion of environmental impact assessment

For More Information

Open Space Planning and Design

14th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 - 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4


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Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

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