In November, 2012, the River Valley Alliance (RVA) began a $90 million capital program that will improve public access to the North Saskatchewan River and river valley, and add new trails and features to existing infrastructure in what is North America’s longest metropolitan park system.
The 18 initiatives within the capital program will add a total 74 km of new recreation trail, six docks or boat launches, a new pedestrian footbridge in Edmonton, and a mechanized access amenity from downtown Edmonton to the Touch the Water Promenade. It also includes upgrades to Rafters Landing in Edmonton and Prospectors Point in Parkland County.
Funding for the project comes in equal part from the federal Building Canada Fund ($30 million), the Government of Alberta ($30 million) and the RVA municipalities that benefit from these initiatives ($30 million).
The initiatives were identified in the RVA Plan of Action, which was released in 2007. Construction is underway on several projects and planning and feasibility studies for several projects are ongoing.