Waterfront Park

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The RMWB is designing the Waterfront Park. Have your say!

The Waterfront Park is a large green space in our downtown that will be transformed into a unique community space. The Waterfront Park will encompass natural elements while strengthening the community with new gathering spaces, pathway connections, and water and leisure activities for residents to enjoy for generations.

The Park will recognize and honour the rich Indigenous and non-Indigenous history and cultural through a community-driven design. The design covers 6km of Waterfront from the Athabasca Bridge to Horse Pasture Park in Waterways.

The Waterfront Park is part of the Waterfront Park Revitalization Project including the Snye Point Outdoor Event Space that received public feedback in March 2021.

Future flood mitigation projects will align with the Waterfront Park design space. Administration will be consolidating engagement feedback to support synergy with the affected areas.

The RMWB is designing the Waterfront Park. Have your say!

The Waterfront Park is a large green space in our downtown that will be transformed into a unique community space. The Waterfront Park will encompass natural elements while strengthening the community with new gathering spaces, pathway connections, and water and leisure activities for residents to enjoy for generations.

The Park will recognize and honour the rich Indigenous and non-Indigenous history and cultural through a community-driven design. The design covers 6km of Waterfront from the Athabasca Bridge to Horse Pasture Park in Waterways.

The Waterfront Park is part of the Waterfront Park Revitalization Project including the Snye Point Outdoor Event Space that received public feedback in March 2021.

Future flood mitigation projects will align with the Waterfront Park design space. Administration will be consolidating engagement feedback to support synergy with the affected areas.

Consultation has concluded
  • June 24 Virtual Open House Questions

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    Question: Are you using the hill at Cree Park or building a new one?

    Answer: The Raphael Cree parking lot and surrounding topography to the south and west will be changing with the future flood mitigation work along Saline Creek Drive. The proposed toboggan hill could be integrated with the flood protection work or be located to the south east of the boat launch.


  • June 17 Virtual Open House Questions

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    Several questions were not answered during the Waterfront Park virtual open house on June 17, 2021.To view questions and respected answers please look below.

    Question 1.

    Regarding the development of the lands between the flood protection measures and the river bank. Have the lessons regarding ice flow damage been applied to these designs being forwarded to the community? Specifically the types of damages sustained by Snye Park during the 2020 flooding and 2018 river breakup events. The concept of paying for infrastructure destined to be destroyed by future river breakup events, does not seem to be in the best interests of taxpayers.

    Answer 1.

    The park materials proposed in the floodplain are generally very simple and are being designed to work with flooding and ice damage, based on observations from previous events and operational knowledge. There will be simple benches, waste bins, asphalt paths and lighting, to support usability and safety of the park space. Of note, specifically in Snye Point Outdoor Event Space, there will be a play structure and restroom similar to Raphael Cree Boat Launch. While there is undoubted potential for ice damage, the designers and engineers have proposed strategic placements and materials to reduce any risk of damage, and specifically avoided costly infrastructure, art, or shade shelters that can be easily damaged and difficult or costly to repair.


    Question 2.

    Has the concept of including removable park infrastructure been considered? Examples which come to mind; frisbee golf targets, Securable picnic tables, slacklines. The removable nature of these could allow for a winter teardown protecting the investment from river breakup events.

    Answer 2.

    This is a great idea to increase active use in the park and something that the Parks department could facilitate once the park is built. The design team will work with the Parks department to understand what removable active uses could be planned for in the future and how they can be securely installed. The proposed docks will be seasonally removed outside of the floodplain but generally picnic tables will remain due to the large number and inability to store them.


    Question 3.

    Parking locations along the waterfront?

    Answer 3.

    All of the existing four parking lots around Snye Point Outdoor Event Space (Borealis, Hardin St, Snye Point, Father Merc) will remain and overall parking counts will be slightly increased, as well as additional parallel parking provided along Morimoto Drive. The two parking lots by Horse Pasture Park will be reconfigured as part of the flood protection work. The parking lot by Marine Park will be reviewed as part of the flood protection work.


    Question 4.

    What will happen to the dirt berms along the Clearwater?

    Answer 4.

    The existing berms along Clearwater Drive are temporary and will be removed as part of the permanent flood mitigation project which will begin shortly. This engineering work will be coordinated with the Waterfront Park design team


    Question 5.

    What is the cost for the overall project?

    Answer 5.

    The Waterfront Revitalization has a capital budget of $30 million which includes the Snye Point Outdoor Event Space and the Waterfront Park.


    Question 6.

    Why would Morimotto Drive move for the Snye Point Outdoor Event Space?

    Answer 6.

    The Snye Point Outdoor Event Space final design is being developed. The proposal of moving Morimotto Drive was to support pedestrian safety and improved connections to the water. Throughout public engagement this past March a physical connection to the water was an important aspect to residents.

  • Snye Point Outdoor Event Space

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    The Snye Point Outdoor Event Space public engagement has concluded. We thank residents, Indigenous partners, and stakeholders for their perspective on this community project. A final design will be shared publicly in the coming weeks.


    Check out the concepts and sketches here for the Snye Point Outdoor Event Space that were shared with the community as part of the engagement process earlier this year.

    The RMWB’s Waterfront Park Revitalization Project will be designed as a year-round interactive facility for residents and visitors alike. As a destination for cultural and heritage recognition, the Waterfront Park will also serve as an access point for recreational opportunities and connecting to nature in the heart of our region.

    The overall project will include design and construction of the year-round Snye Point Outdoor Event Space, as well as designing Waterfront Park which will cover the 6 km of waterfront from the Athabasca Bridge to Horse Pasture Park in Waterways.