The North Saskatchewan River Valley provides the citizens of the Edmonton region with one of the largest and most continuous areas of urban parkland in North America. River Valley park space within Edmonton’s boundaries alone encompasses 7400 ha of land. The provision of a continuous river valley links from Edmonton to the communities of Devon and Fort Saskatchewan has been a long term dream of many people.
For over a decade, EDA has provided assistance to the River Valley Alliance to help them realized this dream. Some of the key phases of the project thus far have included:
> The development of an Integrated Concept Plan which brought together the plans and ideas of government and stakeholders within each of the Capital Region’s river valley’s seven municipalities. It was important that the plan carefully balanced the desired linkages and access with economic, social and environmental considerations.
> The creation of a Plan of Action that expands on the integrated Concept Plan by outlining in greater detail proposed features and amenities of the open space system, along with high level cost estimates.
> Research and mapping for the Connectivity and Access Initiative land securement strategy which identifies the privately owner parcels that will likely be required for either trail linkages or for other amenity development.
> Priority mapping of the thirty-four projects identified in the Connectivity and Access Initiative report as well as a high level cost estimate for each project.
> East Trails Phase 2
Still in the formative stages, this project, upon completion, will be one of the largest river valley parks in the world.