What the Sea Wall is to Vancouver, Mayor Don Iveson would like to see recreational space set aside along the river here, between the Walterdale Bridge over to Government House Park. Space is tight along River Valley road, and the mayor has heard that not every body seems to play nice.
“I hear all the time from people who are in conflict there,” Iveson told reporters after council’s urban planning committee got an over view from the River Valley Alliance about future budgets. “Not able to run or bike and from a fitness point of view, at the pace that they’d like to quite frankly. So Vancouver Sea Wall and many others like it create those dedicated spaces and then have where there’s a little bit of a promontory or something, there’s also a little parklet space, plaza space, steps down to the water.”
“Congestion is becoming an issue so I think this would be a creative way to open up the river valley to some more users. Maybe to the point where we could sustain some washrooms there, a little bit of seasonal coffee shop, that sort of thing so people could gather there.”
This is where Iveson hopes the RVA can come in, to help arrange funding from the other orders of government. Executive Director Larry Wall said, they’ve got more breathing space on the next round of funding than they did when time was of the essence to complete plans for a funicular to create a new access point to the North Saskatchewan.
“By starting on this process now it puts us a year or two ahead so that we can look out and start planning for the next stages, so yes I think the next five years from 2017 on provide a great opportunity for us to focus in on public and private sources of funding to realize this incredible park system that we have.”
Edmonton is the heart of seven municipalities that stretch 88 km along the North Saskatchewan from Devon to Fort Saskatchewan, that make up the RVA.