The river valley is a place people have been drawn to and gathered at since time immemorial. The City is exploring ways to improve access to the central river valley with the Touch the Water Promenade project. If the project moves forward, it would include opportunities to celebrate heritage, encourage recreation and connect people with nature.
Project Update - June 2021
The What We Heard report and the Concept Design (19MB) from Stage 2 of the Touch the Water Promenade’s public engagement is now available for you to review. We thank everyone who provided feedback on the last stage of engagement in November 2020. Your input, along with wisdom and advice shared by regional Indigenous Nations and Communities, results from technical studies, and City policy direction helped us to refine, adjust and improve the draft concept design options in order to develop a single final concept design.
The concept design will act as a blueprint for future development in the project area that reflects a shared vision for the central river valley, and will serve as a long-term plan that could be implemented in phases over time.
The Touch the Water Promenade project is currently in the planning and design stages and is not funded for construction at this time.
Rossdale and North Shore Areas
The Rossdale Area has been approved for additional design and this work will get underway including the next phase of Indigenous and public engagement this summer. This engagement will help the project team shape the preliminary design for the Rossdale area, including the site surrounding the Rossdale Power Plant and pump houses.
At this time, design for the North Shore Area has concluded with completion of the concept phase. However, additional engagement opportunities will be provided should funding be approved for the next phases of design.
Completing this planning and design work now will prepare us to provide recommendations to Council to move the project forward when the time is right. If the project moves forward, it would include opportunities to celebrate heritage, encourage recreation and connect people with nature.
A design progress update report on the project is scheduled to go to the City Council Executive Committee on June 28, 2021. For more information regarding Council and Committee meetings, and opportunities to request to speak, please visit edmonton.ca/meetings.