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In August 2013, the River Access Strategy project was initiated to inform the development and location of infrastructure and amenities for river activities. The City engaged with the public, stakeholders and partner groups through online engagement and workshops on river access.

This led to the development of River Access Guiding Principles that were approved by City Council on November 3, 2015. Throughout 2016 and 2017, the City worked on developing site criteria, design guidelines, and a draft river use plan which identifies appropriate locations and intensity of use at each location. These deliverables would form the River Access Strategy’s Final Report.

Project Update

The River Access Strategy Final Report’s objectives will be addressed by the Ribbon of Green Phase II project. Public feedback and work developed from previous engagements will be used to inform the Ribbon of Green. The City of Edmonton will continue to receive direction from the River Access Guiding Principles (Policy C586) to inform future work.

This direction achieves the following:

  • Integration of river access programming and infrastructure into the broader context of planning in the river valley
  • Further analysis of the draft river use plan recommendations from the lens of wellness, celebration and ecology
  • Policy alignment with the draft City Plan

Please see for information on the Ribbon of Green.

River Access Strategy Documents

The development of the River Access Strategy involved collaboration with the public, stakeholders and partner groups. These documents chart the course of that collaboration in reverse chronological order. 

Draft Use Plan Online Survey Results Report - 2017

Draft River Use Plan Information Boards - 2017

River Access Strategy Guiding Principles and Strategies Report-2015

Strategies Online Survey Report-2015

Guiding Principles Survey Summary Report-2014

River Usage and Attitudes Survey Summary Report-2014 

River Access Strategy Facilitated Sessions Overview-2014 

For More Information

Open Space Planning and Design


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