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Paul Kane Ornamental Pond

In fall 2017, the City opened the redesigned Paul Kane Ornamental Pond to public use. This project creates a green oasis in the heart of the city that maintains the existing pond footprint and adds a wetland plant border, creating a naturalized bank. Park upgrades include small wooden decks and a runnel plaza—a water feature that flows to the pond, creating sound and opportunities to interact with the water. The project maintains the large, treed island in the pond, as well as the existing park topography.

The pond will be filled to test connections and sensors, then drained for the winter at the end of October.

About the Park

  • Provincial regulations do not allow swimming or wading in the ornamental pond
  • Pole lights and under bench lighting will run from 4pm-9am
  • The water source/art feature is activated by motion sensors; water will flow along the runnel for a programmed amount of time

Please keep off the wetland planting perimeter that borders the ornamental pond, as the plants will take time to establish. Once grown, the plants will act as a physical and visual barrier to the pond.

Project Timeline

2017 September:  park reopens to the public
2016 Paul Kane Design Development Drawing
2015 October:  Design work and public engagement
Paul Kane Open House Presentation Boards
2014 Park site assessment completed
October:  public workshop to identify priorities and preferences for the water feature
November:  Public engagement open house
Paul Kane Park Ornamental Pond Study and Concept Options
December:  Public engagement open house
Paul Kane Park Ornamental Pond Preferred Concept Plan
Funding request approved for the 2015-18 capital budget
2013 Strategy development

Project History

In 2011, the ornamental pond in Paul Kane Park, which had been used as a wading pool, was identified by Alberta Health Services as not meeting current Alberta Public Health Act regulations. Alberta Health Services asked the City to look at options to make the pond safe for use.

In 2014, the City developed options for the site. The community provided their feedback online, at a community workshop and at two open houses.

Based on feedback and comments from the public, a preferred concept option was developed and approved. The concept was further refined and, in October 2015, the schematic design was presented at an open house and subsequently approved.

Design development was completed in spring 2016 and construction began in June 2016.

The park reopened to the public in late September 2017.

For More Information

Integrated Infrastructure Services


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Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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