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The City is beginning a new concept design for the central stretch of the river valley in 2 distinct project areas: Rossdale and the North Shore.
The Touch the Water Promenade Project is intended to improve access to and within the river valley, creating enhanced opportunities for recreation, celebration, heritage interpretation and social gathering. Improving the ecological condition along the North Saskatchewan River where possible is also a key consideration for this project.
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Project start-up and beginning of initial project design research and studies
Design work for the Touch the Water Promenade will focus on 2 distinct and connected project areas and will align with, and build on, the policy direction from Breathe: Edmonton’s Green Network Strategy, Ribbon of Green and River Crossing.
The Rossdale area is proposed to extend from 94 Avenue NW to the Walterdale Bridge. The project will consider design elements to connect the existing historic Rossdale Generating Station and pump houses, the new Walterdale Bridge and surrounding pathways, and create a series of spaces that can be used for public gatherings or individual enjoyment of the river and river valley.
As guided by the River Crossing Heritage Interpretive Plan, this project will link and reflect the rich Indigenous and settler history of the site with a dynamic urban future.
The North Shore Area will extend along the northern bank of the North Saskatchewan River from the western edge of the Walterdale Bridge to Government House Park, west of Groat Road Bridge (alongside River Valley Road). Development of the North Shore Area will enhance the riverwalk experience.
Potential development could include gathering nodes, viewing decks, active transportation corridors, integrated seating and enhanced access points. It will also become a destination that will draw citizens and visitors to the river valley and support non-automotive transportation connections to the downtown core.
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