Heritage Valley District Park

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Thank you for participating in the online engagement for Heritage Valley District Park. The online survey and Ask Your Questions tool are now closed.

You can still view the questions and answers that were submitted on this page and the project website will still feature the proposed concept plan details and the concept plan presentation. 

 A report on what we heard will be available online in summer 2020. 

If you have any questions, you can also contact the Project Manager (see Who’s Listening section for contact info).

You can still view the questions and answers that were submitted on this page and the project website will still feature the proposed concept plan details and the concept plan presentation.

A report on what we heard will be available online in summer 2020.

If you have any questions, you can also contact the Project Manager (see Who’s Listening section for contact info).

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The City of Edmonton is currently in the planning phase for the Heritage Valley District Park which will support the growing Heritage Valley area. It will be home to 2 high schools, a proposed community recreation centre, multiple sports fields, and a variety of open space amenities to serve the area.

With public events postponed and physical distancing a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to delivering project information and meaningful online public engagement opportunities.

We are currently seeking feedback from community members and interested citizens on the design for basic amenities, including sports fields, flexible open space, trails and opportunities for future partnerships and development.

Please have a look at this 3D fly-over video to get a better visual of the draft concept plan.



You can still view the questions and answers that were submitted on this page and the project website will still feature the proposed concept plan details and the concept plan presentation.

A report on what we heard will be available online in summer 2020.

If you have any questions, you can also contact the Project Manager (see Who’s Listening section for contact info).

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The City of Edmonton is currently in the planning phase for the Heritage Valley District Park which will support the growing Heritage Valley area. It will be home to 2 high schools, a proposed community recreation centre, multiple sports fields, and a variety of open space amenities to serve the area.

With public events postponed and physical distancing a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to delivering project information and meaningful online public engagement opportunities.

We are currently seeking feedback from community members and interested citizens on the design for basic amenities, including sports fields, flexible open space, trails and opportunities for future partnerships and development.

Please have a look at this 3D fly-over video to get a better visual of the draft concept plan.



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    Are there specific biking pathways to get to these green spaces and schools? Do they connect to the existing ones seamlessly around the neighborhoods? If the walking and biking pathways leading here are extremely walking/biking friendly coming to and from the neighbourhoods and LRT, we can encourage users to be more environmental.

    Sara asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The answer is yes, there has been significant attention and consideration placed on regional connectivity as it relates to active transportation such as walking and cycling.  All of the trails within the District Park are intended to be Shared Use Paths, which are designed to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians.  The paths shown in the concept design build upon the regional trail strategy and provide direct linkage to the Heritage Valley Town Centre commercial area, adjacent communities and the future LRT stations. 

    There will be no designated biking-only lanes. The project team has prepared this concept to provide paths to accommodate as many methods of active transportation as possible. I hope this answers your question.

     

    COE Bike Trails/Routes

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    I would like to hear from you that you are building 6 or 8 pickleball courts.

    Ken asked 5 months ago

    Hi there, 

    Pickleball Courts are not part of base-level development provided by the City for the Heritage Valley park site. The recreation centre planned for the future on the Heritage Valley park site, contingent on funding, will likely consider pickleball courts as part of the functional programming.

    Pickleball courts can also be initiated, planned, funded and built by community leagues on their license land. The leagues would own and operate the courts. The City supports these community-led projects through an established process.

    The concept plan for Heritage Valley District Park will include a placeholder for a community league license area. This will allow a community league to build amenities such as pickleball courts in the future, based on community needs and available funding.

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    hi, I just wonder is there any possibility to build a swimming pool within the plan? Thank you

    carrie005 asked 5 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for the question. The recreation centre that is planned to be part of Heritage Valley District Park in the future, contingent on available funding, will very likely include an indoor swimming pool. In line with Edmonton’s Outdoor Aquatic Strategy the incorporation of outdoor aquatic elements will also be considered in the planning process for the recreation centre. This concept blends indoor and outdoor components at the same facility, expanding the program opportunities and benefiting from economies of scale with shared infrastructure and amenities.

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    When you list the current amenities of the neighbourhood as around Heritage Valley, you indicated that Blackburn Park has 2 playgrounds. Do you consider the toddler space & adjacent playground 2 separate playgrounds? Also, why do you show a fishing image for Blackburn Park. Can people fish in our ravine?

    Rochelle Mills asked 5 months ago

    Yes, we have considered the toddler playground and the youth playground two separate facilities as they are divided by a trail and targeted at two separate age groups. We recognize that there are no formal fishing facilities within Blackburn Park and it is not an activity which is advertised. However, we have observed numerous instances where recreational anglers were fishing throughout the Blackmud, Whitemud and Blackburn ravine systems. Thanks for the question. 

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    will there be in-person meetings to discuss or any in person material such as a diorama that we will be able to see ? I find that the current draft plans aren't very clear for me.

    HappyEdmontonian asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for the question. While in-person public events are postponed and physical distancing is a priority, we are proceeding with delivering project information and meaningful public engagement opportunities. As we adapt our approach to engagement in light of COVID-19 we are focused on providing a wide variety of options so Heritage Valley residents can engage in a way that best suits their preferences and needs.

    A presentation of the Heritage Valley District Park concept plan can be viewed online (click here) and a summary brochure is also available (click here). While we don’t have a physical model of the future park available for in-person viewing, the Engaged Edmonton website includes a simulated three-dimensional flyover of what the park could look like in the future, including several community initiated projects such as hockey rinks, playgrounds or tennis courts. For context, these amenities go beyond the base-level development to be built by the City in the next three years.

    For specific questions regarding the proposed concept plan, please submit a follow-up question on the website or contact the project manager Heather Ziober at heather.ziober@edmonton.ca.

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    Are there plans for an outdoor hockey rink? I know that the Allard rink is crazy busy already and with the planning for more housing in the area it would be a great addition.

    Jaime Steinhauer asked 5 months ago

    Hi there, community hockey rinks are not part of the base level of infrastructure provided by the City. Instead hockey rinks are initiated, planned, funded and built by community leagues on their license land. The leagues own and operate the rinks. The City supports these community-led projects through an established process.

    The concept plan for Heritage Valley District Park will include a placeholder for a community league license area. This will allow a community league to build amenities such as a hockey rink in the future, based on community needs and available funding.

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    When do you expect to get confirmation and details as what is being build during stage 1 and 2 and when those projects would start? For the items labeled unfunded, when do you think you will hear about funding and the start of the build.

    Joyce asked 5 months ago

    The preferred concept plan will be finalized by the end of July 2020. The plan will include currently funded base-level development items to be built and space for future development projects by community groups or the City.

    Stage 1 of base-level development will be constructed in spring and summer 2021 in time for the opening in fall 2021 of the Edmonton Public School Board’s Dr. Anne Anderson high school.

    Stage 2 of base-level development will be constructed in 2022 and 2023 and open in time for the opening of the Edmonton Catholic School District’s high school.

    Currently unfunded items such as the recreation centre will receive funding based on prioritization of needs across the city and as approved by City Council. Considering the current economic situation funding may be several years away. Community funded or shared funded developments such as hockey rinks, playgrounds etc. can be initiated anytime when a community group is committed to moving a project forward and doing the necessary planning and fundraising work.

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    Why can't Ellerslie Road be finished?? It's endless in the length of time it has taken, to date. Also, 127 St SW, which serves as a route to the Heritage Valley Shopping area, is a DISGRACE. Potholes are the main feature.

    ema asked 6 months ago

    The Ellerslie widening project from Heritage Valley Trail to 112 Street started in 2019 and is scheduled to be complete by fall 2020. Information pertaining to the Ellerslie Road widening project can be found on the Widening of Ellerslie Road project webpage.

    The City of Edmonton has dedicated crews that fill potholes with the goal of ensuring safe and reliable travel on city streets. To report a pothole on 127 Street or any other location in the city, please visit Edmonton.ca/ReportAPothole, call 311 or use the 311 app. 

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    Why are we discussing this and spending more money we cant even afford to cut grass right now. There should be no shovels in the ground on anything until were past covid and economy is powerful again. Silly city decisions as usual.

    upset city tax payer asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your question. We understand your concern around the city's current fiscal situation. Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has had to make some tough financial decisions. However, as of June 24, the City has announced the commencement of increased turf maintenance. 

    For Heritage Valley District Park, the City has committed to completing base-level development for school needs, as per our Land Joint Use Agreement between the City of Edmonton and the School Boards. The intent of the agreement is to plan, develop, construct and maintain shared lands for students and residents to benefit from. The Edmonton Public School Board’s high school (located in the southeast area of the District Park site) will open in 2021 and the Edmonton Catholic School District’s high school (located in the northwest area of the District Park site) will open in 2023. The City has an obligation to provide green space and sports fields to both of these schools.

    The Edmonton area is one of the fastest growing regions in Canada and as a city we are committed to providing park spaces in old and new neighbourhoods alike. The Heritage Valley area includes several new and yet-to-be-built neighbourhoods. Providing a district park for the thousands of people who will call this area home is in alignment with Breathe, the City’s Green Network Strategy, and our Urban Park Management Plan. 

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    hi there - what can i do to ensure funding goes ahead for the proposed rec centre?

    nickc asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the question. The potential development of a community recreational facility is dependent on future funding which is still being determined by City Administration. In the interim, the public high school under construction, which is scheduled to open in fall 2021, will include shared-use recreational facilities available to the public.