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William Hawrelak Park is a 68-hectare park in the river valley featuring a five-hectare lake and open grassy areas. The park hosts several major festivals and events throughout the year and is a great location for all Edmontonians and visitors to explore and enjoy. 

In 2019, the City finalized a 10-year rehabilitation plan to guide the renewal of the park.  This plan will address the aging park infrastructure that requires repair, replacement or upgrades to ensure the park continues to serve the recreational and event needs of Edmontonians.   

The project is now proceeding with the implementation of the rehabilitation plan with the first phase of design underway.

Project Timeline

Chevron logo depicting the "Design" stage, which the project is currently in.


Construction (as early as 2023, dependent on condition assessments and funding)


Complete additional studies, confirm priorities and begin design


Development of Hawrelak Park 10-Year Rehabilitation Plan (Concept)

Project Update

The rehabilitation plan provides the roadmap to the reinvestment in the park.  Planning and design work is now underway to further understand how the network of amenities and infrastructure are connected.  This work will further refine the scopes of work, cost estimates and an approach to sequencing the work.  

The Rehabilitation Scope of Work

The rehabilitation priorities were established based on the physical and functional condition of the amenities and infrastructure onsite. The following graph illustrates the cost distribution for rehabilitation of each area of the park.  

Prioritizing the Work graph

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Project Overview

Edmonton is a growing city with infrastructure dating back 30 or more years. The City of Edmonton prioritizes rehabilitation of aging buildings and parks to ensure they will serve Edmontonians now and for years to come.

William Hawrelak Park is one of the most popular parks in Edmonton. This park has been identified as a priority to address aging park infrastructure that requires repair, replacement and upgrades in order to meet current and future demands of the park. In 2019, the 10-year rehabilitation plan that will guide reinvestment in the park infrastructure was finalized. 

The rehabilitation plan considers the physical and functional condition of the assets, the current policies that are in effect and the operational requirements to maintain and sustain the park. The plan identifies the priorities for renewal, cost estimates, schedules and explores options for sequencing the work to support the next steps in the design phase.

Public Engagement

Various user groups, including the festival and event groups onsite, residents in the area and general park users had an opportunity to share their feedback and perspective on the park’s current state and hopes for the future. 

Engagement was completed through online surveys, focus groups, intercept and drop-box surveys at the park as well as an in-person neighbourhood event. The information and feedback gathered informed the rehabilitation plan by providing a greater understanding of how the park is currently used and how it could better support programs and services, safety and security and access and circulation for years to come. 

A summary of the engagement: What We Heard Report 

For More Information

Facility Planning & Design

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