The Cloverdale footbridge is closed, but supporters of Save the Footbridge are still fighting the city on the construction of the planned LRT bridge through the area.
Eric Gormley is a member of the Save the Footbridge group and he says they found an agreement in May that shows a parks agreement between the City of Edmonton and the Alberta Government. He thinks this may help their cause more than ever.
“The Province and the City had a partnership where they developed the trails and a number of footbridges across the river and in that agreement it says that if the City were to do something, like take down one of the footbridges, do something kind of major, they really need to get the Province’s approval on that,” said Gormley.
“We realize that it was a long shot to be going up against the City of Edmonton and so I don’t know how confident we are, but we definitely feel that it’s important to establish and remind people that there was an agreement signed back in 1975 and the idea of the agreement is to protect the river valley park.”
Gormley says the City needs approval from the Alberta Environment minister, so they reached out to Minister Shannon Phillips, but haven’t heard much for a response.
“I think the Province right now is maybe thinking that this agreement came along, they didn’t know about it themselves, you know, it’s kind of been forgotten by both levels of government, so they’re maybe feeling a little bit blindsided by it, but I think it’s important for the Province to step up.”
The Save the Footbridge group is scheduled to present their case to the courts on August 16. (djs)