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Edmonton’s River Valley provides citizens and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors year-round. During the winter months, many activities can be enjoyed including outdoor skating. There are endless options for family-friendly skating experiences in the River Valley from IceWays looping through forests to shinny ponds and table land ice surfaces.

River Valley Parks and Facilities is looking to develop a 20-year strategic plan for outdoor ice surfaces in the River Valley. This will include a vision and a comprehensive review at year 10 of its lifecycle.

Strategy Timeline

February 2018: River Valley Ice Strategy commenced

November/December 2018: Phase 1 of Public Engagement

February/March 2019: Phase 2 of Public Engagement

March/April 2019: Phase 3 of Public Engagement (tentative)

June 2019: River Valley Ice Strategy Complete

Public Engagement

Phase 1 – November/December 2018

Purpose: Develop a 20-year vision, areas of focus and identify priority objectives for River Valley ice surfaces within each strategic area of focus.
  • Stakeholders and the public will provide input to REFINE the draft vision and areas of focus for Edmonton’s River Valley ice surfaces.
  • Considering the draft vision and strategic areas of focus, stakeholders and the public will provide input to ADVISE the City about priority objectives for River Valley ice surfaces.

Activities: Online public survey and stakeholder sessions

What We Heard Report

Phase 2 – February/March 2019

Purpose: Finalize 5, 10, and 20- year priority objectives to align with each area of focus and develop an implementation plan including the identification of key partnerships to help advance the strategy. 
  • Stakeholders and the public to provide input on how the City can REFINE the draft 5, 10, 20-year priority objectives. 
  • Stakeholders will provide input to ADVISE the City on opportunities for partnership, and other forms of collaboration regarding implementing the draft 5, 10, and 20-year priority objectives.

Activities: Public Engagement Sessions and Stakeholder Sessions

What We Heard Report: available March 2019

Phase 3 – March/April 2019 (Tentative)


Strategy Overview

Over the years, various new ice surfaces have been built during the winter months in the River Valley. The River Valley ice strategy will include a 20-year strategic plan for outdoor ice surfaces in the River Valley. It will assist in performing a comprehensive review of the current ice surfaces, provide recommendations, and create an implementation plan for future ice surfaces in the River Valley.

Engaging citizens as part of the City’s decision-making process is critical to the success of the strategy as it will: 

  • Ensure the development of a vision for River Valley ice surfaces is shaped by all
  • Provide a clear understanding of how citizens enjoy and are interested in experiencing River Valley ice surfaces
  • Create alignment between the strategy and supporting implementation plan with interests and expectations of citizens
  • Explore how stakeholders can be part of implementing any proposed changes to River Valley ice surfaces.

For More Information

Title River Valley Parks and Facilities

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