Phase 2: Public Engagement for Vision, Principles and Identity
In June 2017 the City hosted engagement activities which focused on opportunities and constraints for the site, and asked the public to provide input and prioritize elements of the vision to inform the next phase, concept options.
As part of Phase 2, an Environmental Sensitivities Report (30MB) was completed to gain a holistic understanding of the park site and its ecological features. This information complements the site conditions analysis that was completed in Phase 1. The report includes initial findings on environmental sensitivities and will be used to help the City understand the opportunities and constraints within the project site.
Phase 1: Project Introduction, Inventory and Analysis: What We Heard
The City undertook a detailed inventory and site analysis of the park, which included defining the project scope and boundaries, existing features, systems and functions. Phase 1 of engagement included an open house, online mapping tool, intercept surveys and stakeholder meetings.
September 14: Open House
The City wanted to gain an understanding about Oleskiw River Valley Park, including how the public currently uses the park, why it is important, and what they would like to see in the future.
What We Heard Report
What You Said Report
Undertake research, inventory, and assessment of existing site conditions and amenities, as well as environmental opportunities and constraints.
Oleskiw Park is a 193 acre park located in the west end, south of the Fort Edmonton Footbridge and adjacent to the Edmonton Country Club. In its current form, the park includes a formal trail and several informal trails, as well as various natural vegetation areas. There is currently no vehicle entry into the park, which may limit its development.
The newly constructed Terwillegar Park Footbridge and West End Trails projects will formalize a shared-use path through Oleskiw River Valley Park. This trail will increase park usage, resulting in the need for a master plan to determine a vision and identity for the park and what infrastructure is needed to accommodate park users.
Public consultation will help to craft a vision for Oleskiw River Valley Park and establish the guiding principles that will form the basis for building a plan for the park. The master plan will plan for a lasting legacy for Oleskiw River Valley Park that is unique to the surrounding neighbourhoods, and considers the park’s natural and cultural identity. This work will reflect the needs of today while enhancing and preserving the ecological integrity of the park as part of Edmonton’s river valley park system for generations to come.
The project will include four phases of public engagement to help the City develop a master plan that will respond to citizen needs and City priorities. Each phase will include a public open house, online engagement, and internal and external stakeholder sessions.
Phase 1: Project Introduction, Inventory and Analysis - September 2016
This is the first opportunity to join the conversation about the park. In this phase, the City looked for initial feedback about the park, including what you like about the park, why it is important to you and what you want to see in the future. The results were shared in a What We Heard report for the inventory and site analysis of the park, such as project scope and boundaries, existing feature, systems and functions of the park.
Phase 2: Vision, Principles and Identity - June 2017
This was your second opportunity to get involved and shape the vision and guiding principles for the park. The City shared the opportunities and constraints for the site, and looked for you to provide input and prioritize elements of the vision to inform the next phase, concept options.
Phase 3: Concept Design Options - November 2017
The City will be looking for feedback on two concept design options including variations on proposed activities, features, and design elements for the park. The public will have the opportunity to help prioritize elements and choose preferred options.
Phase 4: Preferred Concept Plan - Spring 2018
The City will present a final draft of the park concept design that integrates the priorities and feedback from Phase 3. The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback and help fine-tune the program and design.
The Master Plan report, final concept and budget will be submitted and approved by Council.
Design & Build Phases
The first phase(s) of implementation of the Master Plan will be evaluated for funding as part of the next budget cycle, for 2019 - 2022. Further public consultation will take place during these phases.