Calls for public engagement: Park planning, downtown revitalization, floods

Calls for public engagement: Park planning, downtown revitalization, floods

· The Pulse

Here are opportunities to get involved in engagement efforts affecting Edmonton, including strategic planning for the city's newest river valley park and two downtown revitalization projects.

  • North Saskatchewan River flood study — The province is seeking feedback on new flood hazard maps for the North Saskatchewan River in the Edmonton area. The maps identify areas at risk of flooding and will help with long-term planning. The section of the river being mapped runs from slightly west of Devon to Township Road 570, northeast of Fort Saskatchewan. Residents and landowners can submit feedback about the maps and associated reports through an online form until Feb. 12.
  • 103A Avenue and 99 Street Streetscape and Pedway — The city has begun a second round of engagement for two separate downtown revitalization projects: a new streetscape for parts of 103A Avenue and 99 Street and an underground pedway between the Churchill LRT Station and the upcoming Station Lands development. A What We Heard report based on the city's previous engagement says participants generally liked the idea of improving the pedestrian experience with the streetscape, but reactions to the pedway were mixed, with concerns largely centred on safety. Residents can review design booklets for the streetscape and the pedway, and share their thoughts on an online discussion board, until Feb. 13.
  • Northeast River Valley Park Strategic Plan — The Northeast River Valley Park, the newest park in Edmonton's river valley, opened in September. The city now seeks feedback from residents to inform the park's strategic plan, which will include its vision, guiding principles, and approach to naturalization, restoration, and programming. Residents can share their ideas until Feb. 29.

More input opportunities

Photo: The Northeast River Valley Park, which still hasn't been named, offers a lake, a 25,000-square-foot event centre, and year-round activities. (City of Edmonton)