Construction is expected to begin in May 2022 and be completed in the fall of 2022. The trail is currently closed and will remain closed until construction is complete. A portion of the Riverside Golf Course overflow parking lot will be utilized for construction staging; please see the image below for reference.
As construction materials and equipment are mobilized to site, minor interferences may occur; please respect all detour signage and obey staff direction in this active work zone.
The Riverside Trail realignment project focuses on an approximately 1.9 km stretch of trail that runs between the Riverside Golf Course and the North Saskatchewan River. The trail is well-used and very popular with neighbouring communities and is also a destination for Edmontonians looking for river valley access and views. Over the past several years, the trail has had numerous issues as a result of high water events, ongoing bank degradation and instability resulting in significant slumps and other safety and accessibility concerns. The trail has been officially closed to the public since 2013.
Proposed Trail Realignment
The City’s recommended approach to rehabilitate the trail is supported by an Environmental Impact Assessment and Site Location Study, approved by Edmonton City Council in November 2020. The approach aims to realign the trail to ensure long-term viability, limit environmental and ecological impacts and provide safe river valley access for all trail users.