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The City is beginning a new concept design for the central stretch of the river valley in 2 distinct project areas: Rossdale and the North Shore.

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The Touch the Water Promenade Project is intended to improve access to and within the river valley, creating enhanced opportunities for recreation, celebration, heritage interpretation and social gathering. Improving the ecological condition along the North Saskatchewan River where possible is also a key consideration for this project.

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Project Timeline

Project Timeline - Strategy Phase



  • Complete technical studies and approvals as required
  • Preliminary design for Rossdale area only: further development of preferred concept


  • Develop concept plans for both project areas
  • Public engagement phase III: review preferred concept and identify adjustments


  • Public engagement phase II: review concept options

Fall 2019

  • Indigenous engagement begins: it will be ongoing throughout the project with First Nations, Metis, Indigenous communities and Urban Indigenous peoples and organizations
  • Public engagement phase I: project vision, design principles, and potential program/use preferences

Summer 2019

Project start-up and beginning of initial project design research and studies

Winter 2018

  • City Council approved funding in 2019-2022 Capital Budget
  • Concept work for both project areas
  • Additional design for the Rossdale area only

Project Overview

Design work for the Touch the Water Promenade will focus on 2 distinct and connected project areas and will align with, and build on, the policy direction from Breathe: Edmonton’s Green Network Strategy, Ribbon of Green and River Crossing.

The Rossdale area is proposed to extend from 94 Avenue NW to the Walterdale Bridge. The project will consider design elements to connect the existing historic Rossdale Generating Station and pump houses, the new Walterdale Bridge and surrounding pathways, and create a series of spaces that can be used for public gatherings or individual enjoyment of the river and river valley.

As guided by the River Crossing Heritage Interpretive Plan, this project will link and reflect the rich Indigenous and settler history of the site with a dynamic urban future. 

The North Shore Area will extend along the northern bank of the North Saskatchewan River from the western edge of the Walterdale Bridge to Government House Park, west of Groat Road Bridge (alongside River Valley Road). Development of the North Shore Area will enhance the riverwalk experience.

Potential development could include gathering nodes, viewing decks, active transportation corridors, integrated seating and enhanced access points. It will also become a destination that will draw citizens and visitors to the river valley and support non-automotive transportation connections to the downtown core.

A view of the existing conditions including amenities and buildings, water access, trails and more.

For More Information

Open Space Planning and Design

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