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Down to the river to play

A new introduction to Edmonton’s river valley

Edmonton, AB

Backyard Tourists

The City of Edmonton has long sought to improve connectivity for the public between urban areas and the North Saskatchewan River valley. The urban staircase and funicular in this River Valley Access Concept Engineering study offer an exciting opportunity to access and experience Edmonton’s ribbon of green. The City of Edmonton envisions the project as an opportunity for great urban design, embracing the river valley into our everyday lives. The project offers the potential to be an entrance to the river valley for everyone, regardless of age and ability, and a focal point that will bring people together in the heart of Edmonton. It allows Edmontonians to become tourists in their own backyard.

Top of Bank to Top of Bank

The ultimate vision for river valley access is a universally accessible, top-of-bank to top-of-bank route through the North Saskatchewan River Valley. The north access point that is part of the project on the route from downtown Edmonton to Saskatchewan Drive will enhance access to the river valley for all Edmontonians.

Piece of the Puzzle

The River Valley Access project is one of many nearby initiatives including West Rossdale, the Walterdale Bridge Replacement (including integration of the shared-use path along the downstream side), the future “Touch the Water” Promenade along the north bank near the Walterdale Bridge, the Valley Line LRT including a proposed station at the Muttart Conservatory, the North Rossdale proposed residential development, and the Queen Elizabeth Park Master Plan.

Backing the Bank

The $24 million dollar project is already fully funded with $8 million coming from federal government, $8 million from the regional River Valley Alliance, $7.5 million from the province, and the remaining $552,000 from the City.

Project facts

Cost: $24 Million
Client: City of Edmonton
Targeted Completion: Fall 2017