The City is developing a new design for the central stretch of the river valley in 2 distinct project areas: Rossdale and the North Shore.

Project Overview

The river valley is a place people have been drawn to and gathered at since time immemorial. The City is exploring ways to improve access to the central river valley with the Touch the Water Promenade project. If the project moves forward, it would include opportunities to celebrate the area’s multi-layered heritage, encourage recreation and connect people with nature.

Please view the final Concept Report (39MB) to learn more about the vision for both the North Shore and Rossdale project areas. The concept design will act as a blueprint for future development that reflects a shared vision for the central river valley, and will serve as a long-term plan that could be implemented in phases over time.

The Rossdale project area is moving forward with preliminary design and North Shore Area work has concluded with the concept phase at this time. The North Shore Area may be revisited for future opportunities as funding allows. 

Project Update - November 2021

The What We Heard Report (13MB) from the third stage of engagement is now available for you to review. Thank you for your feedback on the refined design for the Rossdale Area of the project.  Your input along with wisdom and advice shared by regional Indigenous Nations and Communities, results from technical studies, and City policy direction, have helped us to adjust and advance the concept through to preliminary design. 

The preliminary design phase for the Rossdale Area is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2021. At this time, design for the North Shore Area has concluded with the completion of the concept phase. 

The Touch the Water Promenade project is currently in the planning and design stages and is not funded for construction at this time.