June 3, 2009 - Open House Handout
The Whitemud Integrated Area encompasses a very important part of Edmonton's southwest river valley.
The area is home to several popular recreation destinations:
John Janzen Nature Centre
The Whitemud Integrated Plan Area is a special part of Edmonton's river valley. It is a place where the natural environment is protected and carefully managed while permitting a diversity of low impact recreational and interpretative opportunities for the public. These opportunities will build upon and complement the natural landscapes and existing cultural features.
The Whitemud Integrated Area Concept Plan was approved by City Council in 2003. The plan proposed low impact development in several areas as described below.
The Whitemud Integrated Area Concept Plan has resulted in a number of park development projects:
- Keillor Trail Redevelopment
- Ft. Edmonton Park Multi-use Trail
- Whitemud Creek Footbridge
- Alfred H. Savage Centre
- Ft. Edmonton Park Footbridge
- Demolition and Restoration of Fox Farms site
Whitemud Park - Concept Plan Amendment
In 2008, a proposal was submitted to the City from the Indigenous Elders Cultural Resource Circle Society for a project at the farm site within Whitemud Park. This group has held cultural ceremonies at the farm site for a number of years and is now interested in creating a permanent licensed site for Aboriginal cultural events and programs. The group is interested in creating an outdoor and an indoor centre for their programs.
The benefits of this proposal would include providing cultural opportunities to deal with social disparities in the community and creating a sense of place for the Aboriginal community within the river valley park system for cultural ceremonies and spiritual guidance.
City Council direction and guiding documents which support this initiative include:
- City Council’s Declaration Strengthening Relationships between the City of Edmonton and Urban Aboriginal People
- Edmonton Urban Aboriginal Accord Relationship Agreement between City Administration and Aboriginal Communities
- Urban Parks Management Plan
The Indigenous Elders Cultural Resource Circle Society proposal was not part of the Whitemud Integrated Area Concept Plan. As such, a plan amendment was prepared and returned to City Council for review. In September 2009, City Council approved the amendment to the Whitemud Integrated Area Concept Plan to reflect the proposed changes to the Fox Farm site.
The area of the amendment is located at the south end of the farm site as shown on the Whitemud Park Concept Plan - Site Layout.