In mid-July 2014, crews began working on the first phase of construction improvements and recommendations identified in the Council approved Design and Development Plan (The Plan) within River Park, Sandy Beach and Britannia Slopes.
The Plan was approved by Council after two years of public consultation, and in March 2014 Council allocated funding through the ENMAX Legacy Parks Program to complete the work. Parks anticipates completing all of the projects under this plan by the end of 2016.
As a part of the work being done, you will notice several changes within the park areas. You will see new fences that delineate the off-leash and on-leash areas, restoration of escarpment trails and handrails, the installation of escarpment fence, and the closure of undesignated trails to name a few.
By establishing designated off-leash and on-leash areas we will reduce potential user conflicts, reduce damage to environmentally sensitive park areas and help accommodate multi-use park functions. Balancing the various activities that take place in a regional multi-use park is an ongoing challenge, but we are doing our best to try and accommodate everyone’s needs while reducing user conflicts and protecting the park for current and future generations.
Escarpment fencing will be installed and key escarpment trails will be improved and resurfaced to protect escarpments and enhance safety in Britannia Slopes. Restricted access is required in key locations to support restoration and protection of sensitive areas such as escarpments and riparian areas.
All of this work will help us reduce user conflicts, minimize the biophysical impact of park users on the park and the Elbow River, maximize the sustainability of this park and help ensure the park remains safe for all visitors, including people and dogs.
If you have any questions or concerns about work taking place in River Park please connect with Parks by contacting 311.
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