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Major Emphasis

  • A linear park system linked through a series of paths, trails, and open spaces.
     
    Aerial view of Edmonton's river valley  
  • A natural park environment.
  • A stewardship of protection - balancing open space conservation and recreation development.
  • Network other areas and facilities to the valley, but don't develop more facilities in the valley.

Accessibility

  • An integrated approach to promote accessibility for everyone regardless of age or mobility without major alterations to site or without altering the intent of the experience.

Tourism

  • Identify projects which would enhance Edmonton's tourism marketing position.

Existing Facilities

  • Limit size of existing major facilities in the valley to boundaries as identified in existing master plans.

Land Acquisition

  • To limit cost of parkland acquisition.

Other Access Issues

  • To study potential access to transportation/utility corridor lands, and residential areas of north Edmonton.

Resource Management Plan

  • Develop a Resource Management Plan to ensure the long term objectives of the vision and principles.
  • River water quality is improved and areas of special environmental significance are identified.

West Central River Valley and Buena Vista Area

  • Recreational use and picnicking.
  • An integrated trail will provide for bicycling, cross-country skiing, jogging and walking.
  • Link to adjacent neighbourhoods, Valley Zoo and McKenzie Ravine.
  • Link to William Hawrelak Park by pedestrian bridge.
  • Link to Fort Edmonton and Whitemud Ravine by streetcar and pedestrian bridge.
  • Need for a pedestrian bridge connecting MacKinnon and Mayfair areas should be assessed.
  • Completion of Fort Edmonton, Valley Zoo and Muttart according to their Master Plans.

Terwillegar Park and Area

  • A water-based, nature oriented park which creates a natural preserve area and re-establishes a viable ecology by using existing and restored resources. Designed for pond life appreciation, bird watching, wildlife observation, hiking, fishing, boat launching, introduction to flat-water canoeing, snowshoeing, social skating and picnicking. Potential for relocation of the John Janzen Nature Centre.
  • An integrated trail will provide opportunity for bicycling, cross-country skiing, jogging and walking.
  • Link to adjacent neighbourhoods via two pedestrian bridges.

Big Island and Area

  • A water-based, nature oriented park situated on land subject to frequent flooding.
  • Access will be limited to bicycles, pedestrians and boats.
  • Designed for pond life appreciation, bird watching, wildlife observation, hiking, fishing, boat launching, picnicking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
  • A pedestrian bridge linking Terwillegar Park (north) and walking trails to Devon (south).
  • Trail to adjacent neighbourhoods (west) will be considered when population warrants further development.

Whitemud/Blackmud Creeks

  • Phase I (Creek mouth to 23 Ave) will contain a granular trail and 10 stream crossings with access points from adjacent residential areas. Amenity areas are identified at Whitemud Park and Snow Valley.
  • Phase II (Blackmud Creek from 23 Ave to 111 Street) is identified as a wildlife sanctuary with trail development restricted to the top of bank area.
  • The Twin Brooks Park is proposed to be a district level park designed to meet the needs of communities adjacent to Blackmud Ravine. Design program will be developed between Department and adjacent communities.

Upper Mill Creek Area

  • A nature oriented trail system linked to Jackie Parker Recreation Area and the Millwoods Golf Course.
  • Potential for future reconstruction of the original ravine alignment (or a close approximation) through the industrial area should be examined to determine if a direct link between the upper reaches of the creek and Mill Creek Ravine Park is feasible.
  • Potential for tie-in to Strathcona County system at the point where Mill Creek intersects Highway 14 should be examined.

Oldman Creek/Horsehills Creek and Area (Northeast of Hermitage)

  • A regional walking trail linking Hermitage Park to Fort Saskatchewan and County of Strathcona.
  • Future opportunities exist to provide protection of and access to the Oldman Creek and Horsehills Creek areas. These areas should be studied to determine their potential.
  • Potential exists for redevelopment of the Horsehills pond areas as water-based nature oriented area through restoration of the site.
  • Potential exists to tie the Oldman Creek area to the Clover Bar Recreation Area.

Hermitage/Clover Bar Areas

  • A nature oriented outdoor recreation park which creates a natural preserve area and an opportunity for pond life appreciation, bird watching, wildlife observation, hiking, fishing, introduction to flat-water canoeing, snowshoeing, social skating and picnicking.
  • An integrated trail will provide opportunity for bicycling, cross-country skiing, jogging and walking.
  • Link to Kennedale and Kernohan Ravines, adjacent neighbourhoods, Rundle Park and regional trail system to Fort Saskatchewan.
  • Link to future Clover Bar recreation area and County of Strathcona via pedestrian bridge. A recreation feasibility study will be required to analyze potential of Clover Bar area.

Did you know?

"Ninety-seven kilometres of biking, hiking, skiing, walking and snow-shoeing trails run through the city along the edges of the North Saskatchewan... The longest interlinked recreational areas of urban parkland in North America. 
"Best of Summer," The National Post, Aug. 23, 2003
The Ribbon of Green will guide the conservation, preservation and use of the North Saskatchewan river valley and ravines, focusing on the southwest and northeast corners of the city.

For More Information

Geoff Smith, Urban Planning and Environment

Telephone

780-442-0705

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