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This project will add a staircase and trail from Lansdowne Drive to the shared-use path along Whitemud Drive. Construction begins in 2020.

About the Project

The goal of this project is to improve connectivity between Lansdowne Drive and the shared pathway running along Whitemud Drive that connects to Snow Valley and Whitemud Creek trails. The intent of this project is to determine the feasibility of a trail and stair at this location and to address safety concerns identified, such as steepness of the hill and the slippery nature of the grassed goat trail that has formed.

This project requires community feedback to understand current use of the trail and possible future use of the stairs. Studies will work to understand and mitigate the potential environmental impacts that the stairs may have on any wildlife, plants and/or soil  at the proposed project site. The information gathered will be used during implementation of the Design phase.

The City has engaged a consultant to provide geotechnical investigation reporting, feasibility and environmental impact assessment study, concept planning and detailed design to add a stair and trail at Lansdowne Drive. The hill and existing goat trail separating Lansdowne Drive and the shared pathway has been deemed feasible for the proposed enhancements of a staircase and trail.


  • Summer/fall - construction


  • Winter/spring - environmental impact assessment & site location study
  • Summer/fall - detailed design and approvals to build


  • Spring/summer - feasibility and geotechnical investigation
  • Summer/fall - concept development
  • Fall/winter - preliminary design

Public Engagement History

Design Phase: 2018 and 2019

Once the concept design is completed, detailed design will begin. Upon completion of the detailed design, preparation and planning for construction will take place.

Concept Phase: 2018

Two concept design options were presented at a public engagement session in September 2018. The feedback received from this session was used to develop a preferred concept design option.

The overall response to the concept plans presented at the session was positive and there was support for the staircase development.

What We Heard - September 25, 2018

Strategy Phase: 2015

Engagement was conducted through the Building Great Neighbourhoods engagement meetings, specifically Lansdowne Meeting Two held on March 17, 2015. This identified a need to address and formalize the current goat trail.

What We Heard - March 17, 2015

For More Information

Open Space Planning and Design

14th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton AB  T5J 0J4


In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

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