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Louise McKinney Riverfront Park

City Council is interested in the possibility of an urban beach at Louise McKinney Park. The park already has a number of elements that complement an urban beach including food service, washrooms, and views of the river. Because the park is centrally located it is accessible via walking, cycling, transit and vehicle. 

An urban beach, a new type of amenity to Edmonton’s central river valley, would increase activities in Louise McKinney Park during the day and into the evening.

What is an urban beach?

Project Timeline

2018  Louise McKinney Park Vision (master plan) to be brought to City Council, including urban beach concept 

June 2014

Proposed Design Concept & Public Feedback Presented To City Council
City Council postponed a final decision on the park and asked that the concept be brought forward in 2018 as part of the Louise McKinney Park Vision (master plan).
Fall 2013

Additional Online Survey

An online survey was available between September and November to help gauge the level of public support for an urban beach at Louise McKinney Park. The results will be included in the report to City Council in March 2014.

August 2013

Design Development

Work on developing a concept drawing for the proposed urban beach based on public survey and feedback collected through consultations held in June and July 2013.

June & July 2013

Public Survey, Presentation & Feedback Sessions

Project information was shared, and public feedback was collected at multiple events and via an online survey. Information collected will inform the design of the proposed urban beach at Louise McKinney Park.

Project Presentation

April 2013

Council Inquiry

Edmonton City Council requested that administration provide a report exploring the costing and development of a sand experience / urban beach play area to be located at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park.

Project Overview

A design concept for the proposed urban beach was presented to City Council on June 25, 2014. The design reflected the public feedback collected between June - October 2013. Highlights of the concept design include 800 square metres of sand, views towards the North Saskatchewan River and downtown, comfortable chairs and umbrellas, additional hard surface space for tables and seating, a water mister feature for cooling down on hot days, consideration for informal performance space, a flexible design to accommodate a range of activities, and access to existing and future food services.

At the June 25th meeting, City Council asked that the urban beach concept be brought forward for consideration as part of the larger Louise McKinney Park master plan in the first quarter of 2018. Deferring the decision on the urban beach will ensure Valley Line LRT construction activities do not impact on future developments at Louise McKinney Park, which may include the proposed urban beach.

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