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The City has approved a Master Plan for Oleskiw River Valley Park that establishes a 25-year vision and management plan for the space.

Project Overview

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 public vehicle entry into the park, which limits its development.

The Terwillegar Park Footbridge and West End Trails projects have created a shared-use path through Oleskiw River Valley Park. This trail provides park users access to and through the park. 

The public consultation crafted the vision for Oleskiw River Valley Park and has established guiding principles that informed the basis for the park’s master plan. The master plan has identified opportunities for the Oleskiw River Valley Park to create a lasting legacy that is unique to the surrounding neighbourhoods and considers the park’s natural and cultural identity. The master plan reflects 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 Master Plan

The finalized Master Plan has been approved by City Administration however funding is currently not available for implementation. Should funding become available through partnerships or future City capital budgets, the Master Plan will guide the development of the park. 

Oleskiw River Valley Park Master Plan

The Master Plan vision, principles and associated elements will guide future development in the park. It includes a preferred concept, which was developed with input and ideas gathered during several public engagement events. It provides recommendations to meet the park’s vision and objectives, including:

Park Use and Amenities

Ensure existing and anticipated future park uses can be supported with a minimal footprint. This includes such elements as resting and gathering spaces, washrooms, viewpoints, safe access to the river for educational, ceremonial or stewardship activities and trail-base activity during winter months.

Access and Circulation

Promote opportunities for a variety of park visitors to experience nature. This includes developing and integrating new granular trails into the park for different user groups, improved pedestrian entrances, wayfinding signage and maintaining the existing trail network.

Natural Asset Management

Maintaining existing resources and park uses while re-naturalizing areas that have been historically disturbed. This includes developing a re-naturalization plan of disturbed areas in the park and the creation of a forested buffer along the west edge of the park while managing and conserving the existing natural assets. Collaboration with Indigenous communities and other partnerships for on-going natural asset management and research. Protection and celebration of cultural and historic resources in the park.

Maintenance, Safety and Enforcement

Proposed maintenance of existing and proposed amenities. Proposed amenities to improve the feeling of safety and maintain a level of care in the park. This includes recommendations for waste receptacles, improved wayfinding, regulatory and information signage.

Atmosphere and Identity

Preserve opportunities to view wildlife, natural processes, experience quiet and solitude in nature and connect to the park’s culture and history while accommodating various park uses. This includes the installation of interpretive elements that will communicate the natural and cultural heritage of the park.

Project Timeline

Project Lifecycle Concept

Future: Implementation of the Master Plan dependent on available funding

2019: Submission of Environmental Impact Assessment and Site Location Study to 
Community and Public Service Committee

2018: Environmental Impact Assessment and Site Location Study
Public engagement

2017: Public engagement

2016: Public engagement

Public Engagement History

Public engagement for the Oleskiw River Valley Park Master Plan took place over 4 phases:

Phase 4: Preferred Concept Option

Date: July 9, 2018
Opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the preferred concept.
Activities included: public engagement session, surveys and stakeholder meetings.

Display Boards and Activities (19 MB)
What You Said Report
What We Heard Report (15 MB)

Phase 3: Concept Options

Date: November 7, 2017

Refining the park vision, principles and identity, as well as getting feedback on the 2 distinct concepts for the park.
Activities included: public engagement session, online mapping tool, intercept surveys and stakeholder meetings.

Display Boards and Activities
What You Said Report
What We Heard Report (11 MB)

Phase 2: Vision, Principles and Identity

Date: June 27, 2017

The creation of vision, principles, and identity as well as a selection of programs and activities for the park.
Activities included: public engagement session, online mapping tool, intercept surveys and stakeholder meetings.

Display Boards and Activities (14 MB)
What You Said Report
What We Heard Report

Phase 1: Project Introduction, Inventory, and Analysis

Date: September 14, 2016

A detailed inventory, site analysis and a greater understanding of how the public uses the park.
Activities included: A public engagement session, online mapping tool, intercept surveys and stakeholder meetings.

Display Boards and Activities
What You Said Report
What We Heard Report

For More Information

Open Space Planning and Design

14th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW Edmonton
T5J 0J4

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email openspaceplanninganddesign@edmonton.ca

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