The City of Edmonton is beginning the process of concept design to add a staircase and trail from Lansdowne Drive down to the shared use path along Whitemud Drive.
As part of the Building Great Neighbourhoods meetings held in 2014 - 2016, Lansdowne residents had the opportunity to provide their input about the neighbourhood preliminary design and pose questions and suggestions to City representatives. During Meeting Two on March 17, 2015, several requests to add a trail and stair from Lansdowne Drive down to the shared use path along Whitemud Drive were raised.
What We Heard - March 17, 2015
About the Project
The goal of this project is to improve connectivity between Lansdowne Drive and the shared use path running along Whitemud Drive that connects to Snow Valley and Whitemud Creek trails. The intent of this project is to determine the feasibility of a trail and stair at this location and to address safety concerns identified, such as steepness of the hill and the slippery nature of the grassed goat trail that has formed.
This project requires community feedback to understand current use of the trail and possible future use of the stairs. Studies will work to understand and mitigate the potential environmental impacts that the stairs may have on any wildlife, plants and/or soil at the proposed project site. The information gathered will be used during implementation of the Design phase.
The City has engaged a consultant to provide geotechnical investigation reporting, feasibility and environmental impact assessment study, concept planning, and preliminary design to add a stair and trail at Lansdowne Drive. The status of this project is currently at the end of the feasibility study. The hill and existing goat trail separating Lansdowne Drive and the shared use path has been deemed feasible for the proposed enhancements of a staircase and trail.
Spring/Summer - Feasibility and Geotechnical Investigation
Summer/Fall - Concept Development
Fall/Winter - Preliminary Design
Spring 2019: Preliminary Design
Fall 2018: Concept Design
Engagement was conducted through the Building Great Neighbourhoods engagement meetings, specifically Lansdowne Meeting Two held on March 17, 2015. This identified a need to address and formalize the current goat trail.
What We Heard - March 17, 2015
Concept Phase is the early representation of how the project may take shape considering stakeholder inputs, site constraints and project resources. Concept plans will be presented at a public engagement session to create an opportunity for dialogue and capture participants perspectives to assist in refining the direction for project design.
Preliminary design will mark the first milestone in the Design phase and will be informed by the concept plan. When complete, the Preliminary Design will be made available and a link to an online survey will be provided to gather feedback. This will be the final opportunity for public to advise on the project. Information and updates will be shared throughout the project duration.