Kiyām Community Park (formerly Franklin & Main Park Project)

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Construction is underway!

Construction has begun for the Kiyām Community Park in downtown Fort McMurray. The project will be constructed by Wilco Contractors Northwest Inc. with completion expected by fall 2021.

The final design is available for viewing here.

Throughout public engagement resident’s feedback was considered and reflected as part of the final design. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) would like to thank all residents for their ongoing support and feedback regarding the park.

The project will address vacant land through the development of an inclusive community park that contributes to improved health and safety and beautification, while supporting ongoing investment and revitalization downtown.

Some featured amenities are:

  • Full-size FiBA basketball court / multi-use surface
  • Medicine wheel rock garden
  • Natural playground
  • Micro business spaces
  • Public washrooms
  • Individual and group seating areas
  • Outdoor electronic charging stations
  • Onsite access to electricity for special events
  • Bike racks
  • Landscaped areas including trees
  • Interactive water fountain feature
  • Multi-Color atmosphere lighting
  • Shade structures
  • Flag poles including one for special events
  • Inviting pathways
  • Community event space
  • Ice skating path area
  • Winter warm up areas
  • Public art elements
  • Parking
  • Interpretive elements
  • Heritage plaque
  • Food service area
  • Multi-use seating and stage platform

To stay updated on construction updates visit rmwb.ca/construction and subscribe!

Construction is underway!

Construction has begun for the Kiyām Community Park in downtown Fort McMurray. The project will be constructed by Wilco Contractors Northwest Inc. with completion expected by fall 2021.

The final design is available for viewing here.

Throughout public engagement resident’s feedback was considered and reflected as part of the final design. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) would like to thank all residents for their ongoing support and feedback regarding the park.

The project will address vacant land through the development of an inclusive community park that contributes to improved health and safety and beautification, while supporting ongoing investment and revitalization downtown.

Some featured amenities are:

  • Full-size FiBA basketball court / multi-use surface
  • Medicine wheel rock garden
  • Natural playground
  • Micro business spaces
  • Public washrooms
  • Individual and group seating areas
  • Outdoor electronic charging stations
  • Onsite access to electricity for special events
  • Bike racks
  • Landscaped areas including trees
  • Interactive water fountain feature
  • Multi-Color atmosphere lighting
  • Shade structures
  • Flag poles including one for special events
  • Inviting pathways
  • Community event space
  • Ice skating path area
  • Winter warm up areas
  • Public art elements
  • Parking
  • Interpretive elements
  • Heritage plaque
  • Food service area
  • Multi-use seating and stage platform

To stay updated on construction updates visit rmwb.ca/construction and subscribe!

  • Council approves naming of Kiyām Community Park

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    Franklin and Main Park gets official name

    The Municipality is committed to preserving, revitalizing, and strengthening Indigenous languages as part of its commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. The RMWB is pleased to announce that Council has approved an official name of the park formerly referred to as the Franklin and Main Park in downtown Fort McMurray. The name Kiyām [key-yam] was supported by the Wood Buffalo Downtown Revitalization Advisory Committee and recommended by the Community Identification Committee (CIC). The CIC is a Council-appointed Committee that makes recommendations to Council with respect to the naming of public facilities within the region.

    The official name of the park is Kiyām Community Park, a Cree and Michif word meaning “Let it be.” The word is used when you are at peace with yourself and your surroundings, and nothing anyone does or says can or will affect you or no negativity or malice will touch you.

    "I am pleased that the organization continues to advance the Calls to Action set out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report. Naming this park in a local Indigenous language is an important step forward and something that I hope to see more of as we continue to honour Indigenous heritage in Wood Buffalo,” says Dennis Fraser, Director of Indigenous and Rural Relations for the RMWB.

    The project is currently under construction with completion expected by fall 2021.

    Interested in seeing what the new park will feature?

    The final design is available for viewing above. The park design includes accessible features such as community gathering spaces, a medicine wheel rock garden, micro businesses, an interactive water feature, a full-size basketball court, along with winter season activities such as ice skating and year-round lighting to enhance safety.

    Delivering on strategic priorities

    The Kiyām Community Park is part of downtown revitalization, one of Council’s key priorities in the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. The park will bring us one step closer to a refreshed and revitalized downtown.

  • Update April 13, 2021

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    Finalized park design and construction!

    Thank you for contributing all of your feedback and ideas to the design of the Franklin and Main Park Project. Public feedback captured as part of the second phase of engagement that occurred between November 30 - December 13, 2020 was considered in the creation of one finalized park design.

    Park Purpose: The park will address the need for parks and outdoors spaces that contribute to improved health and safety, beautification, address vacant land and spur revitalization activity. It will create a safe park space with unique features that stimulates all senses, tells our community story, and draws people to the area year-round and provide comfortable pedestrian-friendly gathering places in a beautiful setting that attracts the community, encourages investment downtown, and supports surrounding businesses.

    More information will be shared with the community once construction gets underway later in April.

  • Update November 30, 2020

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    Pick your park design!

    It’s time to choose your preferred preliminary park concept design.

    Which park design do you prefer?

    Have your say with our online poll! The deadline to participate is Dec. 13.

    To view a detailed explanation of the park concept designs, please find a copy under the Videos section. Engagement feedback will be considered to create one finalized park design.

    As part of downtown revitalization, significant public engagement was held between May and September 2019. Reoccurring themes from these engagements supported a new downtown park, in addition to previously approved Council documents, resolutions and the previous Land Planning and Development Committee recommendations.

    Earlier this March, the Wood Buffalo Downtown Revitalization Advisory Committee (WBDRAC) proposed the Franklin & Main Park as a result and Council approved the Park Project.

    After further feedback in the fall, priorities for park features and amenities were identified and used to inspire the development of two preliminary park concepts. We are now encouraging residents to choose from these two preliminary designs. Review concept designs below.

  • Update November 17, 2020

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    Thank you Fort McMurray, for participating in the Franklin and Main Park public engagement. Your feedback will help prioritize key park features and amenities to create a downtown destination.

    To view the survey results conducted between September 21-October 4th please visit them here.