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EPCOR RiverFest: River Valley Alliance launches a new festival to celebrate our regional water source

There’s a new way to soak up some fun in the Capital Region’s North Saskatchewan River Valley Park system, one of the largest metropolitan park systems in the world. The River Valley Alliance, along with title sponsor EPCOR, will launch the inaugural EPCOR RiverFest in September. The three-day event, from Sept. 15 through 17, involves participation of seven capital region communities.

“This inaugural RiverFest is another exciting addition to our Capital Region’s ‘Festival City’ brand,” says Brent Collingwood, Chair of the River Valley Alliance. “The River Valley Alliance plans a celebration of outdoor recreation and nature along the entire length of the North Saskatchewan River, from Devon and through Parkland and Leduc counties to Edmonton, then through Strathcona and Sturgeon counties past Fort Saskatchewan.” Read more

River Valley Alliance Welcomes New Board Chair, Brent Collingwood

A new hand guides the preservation, protection and enhancement of the Capital Region River Valley Park System. On April 19, Christopher Sheard stepped down as Chair of the River Valley Alliance (RVA) and Brent Collingwood assumed the role. The River Valley Alliance is a partnership of seven municipalities and designated as steward of river valley parks development.

L-R Rod Loyola, MLA for Edmonton-Ellerslie, Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, RVA Chair Brent Collingwood

“The RVA is at a critical juncture,” says Collingwood, Director of Alumni & Corporate Relations with the University of Alberta’s MBA Programs. “With our current phase of projects winding down, our priorities are land acquisition and financial commitments for the next phase of projects. We have made great progress in the last five years, but that momentum is at risk if capital funding cannot be secured.” Read more

2017 Annual General Meeting

On April 20th we hosted our Annual General Meeting and Stakeholder Reception at the Alfred H. Savage Centre. Thanks to everyone who came out, particularly Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and MLA Rod Loyola who represents Edmonton-Ellerslie.

We celebrated the many volunteers who dedicate their time sharing the RVA vision with our partner municipalities. We also thanked Chris Sheard, outgoing Board Chair, who spent four years in the role. Our new Chair, Brent Collingwood thanked Chris for his dedicated service and shared his goals for the RVA going forward.

Guest speaker Stephanie Neufeld from Epocor discussed the safety of the North Saskatchewan River and Mark Lund from the Voyageur Brigade Society presented the schedule for the 2017 Canadian Voyageur Brigades.

We also released our 2016 Annual Report, our first online version. It highlights the activities of the organization in 2016 and contains our financial statements. Please view it at www.rivervalley.ab.ca/report


“Our vision is to create a continuous world class metropolitan river valley park system from Devon through Parkland County, Leduc County, Edmonton, Strathcona County and Sturgeon County to Fort Saskatchewan.”

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