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The Whitemud Creek Boardwalk and the staircase create a vital trail connection within the Whitemud Creek Ravine, as they allow passage through an area that is often too wet or muddy to cross.

The aging boardwalk is becoming increasingly worn and has been significantly damaged by ice heave. As a result, the boardwalk surface has become uneven and poses potential safety concerns. A project has been initiated to replace this boardwalk with a more durable and pedestrian-friendly solution.

Current Activity

The City is removing, realigning and replacing the boardwalk with construction starting in Spring 2019.  Some tree removal is necessary to prepare the construction site and make space for the boardwalk realignment.  This will take place in February 2019 before the Migratory Bird Act restrictions begin.

Construction of the new replacement boardwalk is underway with the project on track to be completed in the fall of 2019.  Demolition of the existing boardwalk and stars will require a complete closure of the trail for safety reasons (refer to the Trail/Park Cautions and Closures page for current details).

Project Timeline

Spring/Fall 2019 - Construction
Remove and replace existing boardwalk. 

Late 2017 - Public engagement completed

May 2017 - Detailed Design Drawings completed

Project Overview

The Whitemud Boardwalk Replacement Project aims to develop a solution that will avoid future ice heave, maintain the existing trail connection, limit impacts to the surrounding natural environment, and ensure safe public use. The City has completed the new design for the boardwalk.

Public engagement in spring 2017 provided an opportunity to local residents, trail users, community organizations and the public to share their feedback on the concept options for removing and replacing the boardwalk. Input was gathered during a drop-in session at the Brookview Community League and through an online survey.

Concept Design (completed)

Key factors informing concept design:

  • Relocate boardwalk further away from Whitemud Creek to reduce potential damage from ice
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Site Location Study to ensure project location and construction have minimal environmental impacts
  • These will be taken to City Council for approval prior to construction
  • Removal of stairs to improve walkability and access for strollers
  • No mature tree removals
  • Geotechnical testing providing information on potential foundation and slope stability issues
  • Improved animal passage under boardwalk
Detail Design (completed)

Key factors informing concept design:

  • Environmental permits have been approved
  • Tender documents complete
Build Phase (Fall 2019)
  • Construction work started in July and is expected to be complete in Fall 2019.

For More Information

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