Mechanized River Valley Access Nominated for Mayor’s Award for Accessibility

Mechanized River Valley Access Nominated for Mayor’s Award for Accessibility

DIALOG’s Mechanized River Access project was nominated for the City of Edmonton Mayor’s Awards under the Accessible Homes and Buildings – Non Residential category!

Though we didn’t end up receiving the award, it’s an honour to be recognized for our design that makes Edmonton’s beautiful river valley more accessible to all Edmontonians, regardless of mobility.

“There’s this great quote about how we’re all temporarily able-bodied and if we consider the design of our city through that lens, it really starts to change how we think about designing public spaces.”

– Jill Robertson, Landscape Architect and Principal, DIALOG

Mechanized River Valley Access is a recently completed project that creates an enjoyable and accessible journey between downtown Edmonton and the North Saskatchewan River valley. Starting from the top, a spacious promontory provides sweeping views of the river valley, and provides shelter while waiting for the funicular. Next, the funicular (essentially an inclined elevator) brings people half way down the slope to a promenade and boardwalk along the bank. A gentle sloping pedestrian bridge takes pedestrians over a roadway and cantilevers over to the edge of the river, with panoramic views of the valley. Completing the journey, an elevator takes people down to the bottom of the river bank, where they are connected to river valley trails. Learn more about the journey here.

Congratulations to all the nominees and recipients that are making Edmonton a more accessible place! Learn more about the nominees and recipients here.

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