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Project Update - March 2021

Thank you to everyone who engaged with us virtually and provided feedback on the Riverside Trail Realignment project as we adjusted our engagement practices as a result of COVID-19.

Our Engaged Edmonton page closed on March 17, 2021. Feedback received from the public, together with technical input, City policies, programs and funding, will inform the next steps on the project.

For information on the project, please see: 

The project team will review the feedback and provide an update on next steps in the coming weeks. Please check back for updates.

Hazard Tree Removal

Despite the trail being closed, it has come to our attention that the trail continues to be actively used by the public. To ensure public safety, hazard tree removal will be commencing in the coming week(s).

Hazard tree removal is standard maintenance work that is done by the City's Forestry team and is not related to the proposed Riverside Trail Realignment project. This work would be completed regardless of the outcome of public engagement.

The Natural Areas Forestry team monitors all Natural Areas in the City and identifies trees in range of assets, like trails and benches, for risk mitigation. There are approximately 36 trees that require risk mitigation treatment along Riverside Trail. Risk mitigation treatment includes pruning, habitating (topping or removing limbs of the tree but retaining portions to provide habitat) and in some cases, removal.

For more information on hazard tree removal, please contact 311.

Project Overview

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.

For More Information

Jim Nakonechny

Title Project Manager

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