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Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine are important links in Edmonton's river valley park network. To help ensure Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine remain a celebrated and cherished public space, the City is starting a master plan process to establish a 25-year vision and management plan for the park. 

The Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine Master Plan was developed in 2016 and 2017 and includes a preferred concept with input and ideas gathered during public engagement.

The Master Plan is currently unfunded. If the Plan is approved and funded by City Council, the project will move forward into detailed design work which will involve further public engagement and community outreach on specific elements. Implementation of the plan would begin following detailed design. The finalized Master Plan will be submitted to City Council for the 2019-2022 budget cycle. 

Project Overview

The last comprehensive planning for Dawson Park was undertaken in the 1970s through the development of the Capital City Recreation Park Concept Plan. Most of the infrastructure that exists in Dawson Park is a legacy of that plan including a parking lot, hiking and biking trails, rest area with toilets, benches, and preserved natural area.

While Dawson Park has not seen a significant change since the 1970s, the surrounding communities, recreation demands, and the city certainly have. The growing communities of Cromdale and Boyle Street, while visually linked to the park, remain physically disconnected. Social issues within the park pose both environmental risks and safety concerns for area residents and park users. Noxious and invasive plant species present in the park threaten the area's biodiversity. The master plan provides a starting point to investigate these and other issues, identify solutions and partnerships and establish a framework for moving forward.

Public engagement involving the surrounding neighbourhoods, stakeholders and city-wide residents began in 2016 and was completed in 2017. The public engagement was completed in four phases. The master plan will help create a lasting legacy for Dawson Park that reflects the needs of today while enhancing and preserving the ecological integrity of Dawson Park as part of Edmonton’s river valley park system for generations to come.

Project Timeline

2019: Submission of Environmental Impact Assessment and Site Location Study to Community and Public Service Committee and to Council for approval.

Finalization of the Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine Master Plan.

2018: Completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment and Site Location Study. 

2017-2018: Public Engagement

2016-2017: Public Engagement

Public Engagement

The public engagement for Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine took place over four phases. 

Date: November 21, 2017
Public Engagement Session
Phase 4: Preferred Concept Option
Presentation of the final concept and fine-tune the program and its features
Activities included: public engagement session, surveys and stakeholder meetings. 

Display Boards
What You Said Report
What We Heard Report

 

Date: May 30, 2017
Public Engagement Session
Phase 3: Concept Options
Refining the park vision, principles, and identity, as well as getting feedback on the two distinct concepts for the park.
Activities included: public engagement session, online mapping tool, intercept surveys and stakeholder meetings.

Display Boards and Activities
What You Said Report
What We Heard Report
 

Date: January 17, 2017
Public Engagement Session
Phase 2: Vision, Principles and Identity
The creation of vision, principles and identity as well as a selection of programs and activities for the park.
Activities included: public engagement session, online mapping tool, intercept surveys and stakeholder meetings.

Display Boards and Activities
What You Said Report
What We Heard Report
 

Date: September 12, 2016
Public Engagement Session 
Phase 1: Project Introduction, Inventory, and Analysis
A detailed inventory, site analysis, and a greater understanding of how the public uses the park.
Activities included: public engagement session, online mapping tool, intercept surveys and stakeholder meetings.

Display Boards
What You Said Report
What We Heard Report

 

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For More Information

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Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email openspaceplanninganddesign@edmonton.ca

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