Riverside Trail Realignment

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Consultation has concluded

Thank you for participating in the spring 2021 public engagement opportunity for the Riverside Trail Realignment project. We appreciate your patience while we analyzed engagement results, reviewed technical studies and discussed our approach internally. We are now ready to share with you the final decision on the Riverside Trail project. 

The decision has been made to move forward with realigning the trail with design adjustments based on public feedback. Those who participated in the engagement expressed concerns around preserving the environment and maintaining the wildlife corridor. To address these concerns and others raised during engagement, the following changes have been made to the design: 

  • Fencing will be removed in one section of the trail to widen the wildlife corridor. The fencing was initially installed during the last realignment to protect a newly naturalized area near the trail. 
  • In three locations the fenceline will be moved southward, which will widen the wildlife corridor.
  • In another section, raised fencing will be installed to allow for smaller wildlife access to the river valley corridor. 
  • Drainage concerns will be addressed during construction to ensure low spots drain properly. 
  • Garbage cans will be provided at both ends of the trail.

With this approach the trail, closed since 2013, can be repaired and reopened in 2022 while still taking into account environmental, ecological and cost factors.

More information on the project and a What We Heard Report about the public engagement activities can be found at edmonton.ca/RiversideTrail.


The Riverside Trail Realignment project focuses on an approximately 1.9 km stretch of trail that runs between the Riverside Golf Course and the North Saskatchewan River.

Due to safety and accessibility concerns, the Riverside Trail has been officially closed to the public since 2013. However, the City has received several requests to rehabilitate the trail.

The trail rehabilitation was initially planned to begin construction in Spring 2021, with site preparations beginning in early February. Recently, the City heard concerns regarding the tree clearing required to realign the trail. The trail rehabilitation is paused and the City is currently inviting further feedback from the public.


To learn more about how the City of Edmonton developed the proposed design, we invite you to watch the video presentation above and then provide your feedback from March 3 - 17.

We are looking for your input on:

  • Factors we should be aware of with this trail and area
  • Anything we may have missed in the plan

Your input will be used, along with technical requirements, City plans and policies to inform next steps. Additional information will be posted on the webpage as the project progresses.

Thank you for participating in the spring 2021 public engagement opportunity for the Riverside Trail Realignment project. We appreciate your patience while we analyzed engagement results, reviewed technical studies and discussed our approach internally. We are now ready to share with you the final decision on the Riverside Trail project. 

The decision has been made to move forward with realigning the trail with design adjustments based on public feedback. Those who participated in the engagement expressed concerns around preserving the environment and maintaining the wildlife corridor. To address these concerns and others raised during engagement, the following changes have been made to the design: 

  • Fencing will be removed in one section of the trail to widen the wildlife corridor. The fencing was initially installed during the last realignment to protect a newly naturalized area near the trail. 
  • In three locations the fenceline will be moved southward, which will widen the wildlife corridor.
  • In another section, raised fencing will be installed to allow for smaller wildlife access to the river valley corridor. 
  • Drainage concerns will be addressed during construction to ensure low spots drain properly. 
  • Garbage cans will be provided at both ends of the trail.

With this approach the trail, closed since 2013, can be repaired and reopened in 2022 while still taking into account environmental, ecological and cost factors.

More information on the project and a What We Heard Report about the public engagement activities can be found at edmonton.ca/RiversideTrail.


The Riverside Trail Realignment project focuses on an approximately 1.9 km stretch of trail that runs between the Riverside Golf Course and the North Saskatchewan River.

Due to safety and accessibility concerns, the Riverside Trail has been officially closed to the public since 2013. However, the City has received several requests to rehabilitate the trail.

The trail rehabilitation was initially planned to begin construction in Spring 2021, with site preparations beginning in early February. Recently, the City heard concerns regarding the tree clearing required to realign the trail. The trail rehabilitation is paused and the City is currently inviting further feedback from the public.


To learn more about how the City of Edmonton developed the proposed design, we invite you to watch the video presentation above and then provide your feedback from March 3 - 17.

We are looking for your input on:

  • Factors we should be aware of with this trail and area
  • Anything we may have missed in the plan

Your input will be used, along with technical requirements, City plans and policies to inform next steps. Additional information will be posted on the webpage as the project progresses.