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North Saskatchewan River valley

The City of Edmonton is developing a 10-year plan referred to as the River Access Strategy. This Strategy will inform future programming, operations and infrastructure improvements related to access and activities associated with the river. It will also define locations, regulations and user guidelines for development of river-based amenities. The River Access Strategy aims to enhance the enjoyment of the North Saskatchewan River for existing and future use, while balancing environmental stewardship.

Draft River Use Plan

In June, the public was invited to provide feedback on the draft River Use Plan through an online survey.  A total of 401 responses were received.

The survey provided citizens with an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft River Use Plan, provide input on which sites should be prioritized for improvements or development, and helped us further understand how Edmontonians use the river. The results of this survey will be used to further refine the River Use Plan and inform decisions around prioritization.

Draft Use Plan Online Survey Results Report - June 2017

Project Timeline

Project Timeline : Strategy Phase

In Development River Access Strategy Final Report 
Fall 2017 Development of Implementation Plan
June 10 2017

Public Engagement activity for draft River Use Plan

Draft River Use Plan Information Boards

Jan - May 2017 Development of Site Criteria and Development Guidelines
Jan - Dec 2016 Development of Partnership Tools
Nov 2015

City Council approves the River Access Guiding Principles Policy

River Access Guiding Principles Policy C586

River Access Strategy Guiding Principles and Strategies Report

May/Jun 2015

Strategies Online Survey

Strategies Online Survey Report

Jun - Jul 2014

Guiding Principles Online Survey

Guiding Principles Survey Summary Report

Jun 2014 Guiding Principles Stakeholder Review
Apr - May 2014

River Usage and Attitudes Online Survey

River Usage and Attitudes Survey Summary Report

Dec 2013 / Jan 2014

Initial Stakeholder Consultation

River Access Strategy Facilitated Sessions Overview


Project Overview

The North Saskatchewan River valley is one of North America’s largest urban parks. Stewardship of this resource is important to Edmontonians and to the City of Edmonton. Access to the river and its valley is essential to Edmonton’s quality of life.

Within Edmonton's city limits, the banks of the North Saskatchewan River include many parks, natural areas, trails, and amenities including boating facilities, launches, hand launches and docks. These features are owned by the City and designed for use by the public, partner groups and Emergency Response.

The River Access Strategy will establish guiding principles and guidelines to inform the development and location of all river-based infrastructure and supporting amenities. It will provide guidance on development, locations and use of river recreational facilities, as well as identify a number of strategies and implementation actions. Its goal will be to balance environmental stewardship with encouraging a broader appreciation for public activities on or near the river.

Since August 2013, the City has led the development of the River Access Strategy in collaboration with the public, stakeholders and partner groups. To date a set of guiding principles and strategies for river access were established through extensive consultation, discussions and workshops. On November 3, 2015, City Council approved the ‘River Access Guiding Principles’ policy.

Throughout 2016 and 2017, the City developed site criteria, design guidelines, tools for partnerships and drafted a river-use plan which identifies appropriate locations and intensity of use at each location. Anticipated completion of the River Access Strategy is Winter 2017/2018.

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Open Space Planning and Design


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