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Reclaiming the Front Yard

A longtime garbage dump is converted to a riverfront park for the City’s downtown

Edmonton, Alberta

From the edge

The postcard site is set against the downtown skyline and both the river promenade and upper promenade offer panoramas of the valley and river.

River dance

Louise McKinney Park celebrates the culture of the city and the river. Access and circulation are organized by extending the street grid of the French Canadian and English Canadian surveys. In addition to a wide variety of natural features, the park includes venues for performances and interpretive art related to the river and to the city’s settlement.


Access into the park and river is met with entry points from downtown and thus improves the opportunity for increased park use. Integrated with Jasper Ave, a sky promenade is proposed as a series of arcing bridges extending over the upper valley slope to connect with an elevator into the park.

Project facts

Size: 15 ha.
Completed: 2008
Collaborators : The Works, ISL Butler Krebes, Catherine Cole, Lime design, Ted Blodgett
Cost: $6 Million
Client: City of Edmonton

Achievements & Awards

National Citation Award, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Shumka Stage (Millennium Plaza)