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The Grandview stairs are now complete. This project was completed on time and on budget.

Project Overview

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 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
  • Rehabilitate existing lookout platform
  • Improve safety for users
  • Tie into the existing granular trail at top and bottom of stairs
  • 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.

Project Timeline

operate phase

2020: Construction anticipated to last 16-20 weeks, weather dependent, starting in the summer

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

Project History

Project Update - July 2020

Construction began on the Grandview Heights Stairs on June 29, 2020. Construction is expected to be complete in fall 2020, depending on the weather and other mitigating factors.

During construction, the stairs will be closed to the public. Please avoid the area, respect all signage and obey staff direction in this active work zone.

There are 2 alternative routes into the River Valley:

  • One route will have you cross Fox Drive and enter the river valley through the Belgravia neighborhood and the Whitemud Equestrian Park, north of the stairs
  • The other route will take you onto 122 Street into the Lansdowne neighborhood and entry into the river valley will be south of the stairs

map of alternate routes

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Project Update - February 2020

Thank you to those who attended the Grandview Heights Neighbourhood Renewal event on February 18 to view the final design for the Grandview Heights Stairs. If you were unable to attend, please view the event materials.

Event Materials:
Display Boards

The final design was developed based on feedback received throughout May 2019 to November 2019 public engagement as well as considered City policies, programs and technical considerations.  

Construction on the Grandview Heights Stairs will begin in spring/summer 2020 and is expected to last 16-20 weeks.

Public Event - November 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined the public event on November 14 at the Grandview Heights Community Centre. Two concept designs were shared for public input. If you were unable to attend the event or would like to provide further input, please view the display boards and share your feedback with Madiha Johnson, Project Coordinator, by November 30, 2019.

Event Materials:
Display Boards

Public Event - October 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined the Grandview Heights Stairs Rehabilitation public event on October 24, 2019 at the Alfred H. Savage Centre. Those unable to attend the event or would like to provide further input, please view the display boards and share your feedback with Madiha Johnson, Project Coordinator, by November 30.

Event Materials:
Display Boards

Concept Designs Event - May 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined our Concept Designs public event on Thursday May 16, 2019. At the event, we asked participants to provide their feedback on the designs and were able to have their questions answered by members of the project team.

Feedback from the event will be incorporated into the project plans, along with technical requirements and City policies. Construction is currently expected to begin in spring 2020. Notification will be provided ahead of construction.

Meeting Materials
Display Boards
What We Heard Report

For More Information

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