June 14, 2014 5:48 pm

Fort Saskatchewan adding 13km of new River Valley trails

North Saskatchewan River Valley. May 2014

Emily Mertz, Global News

EDMONTON – As part of the River Valley Alliance’s $90 million Capital Region River Valley Parks Project’s Connectivity Phase, Fort Saskatchewan is upgrading and expanding its trail system.

The project – announced in January 2013 – is funded by federal, provincial and municipal governments.

It was created to improve public access to the North Saskatchewan River and river valley, which is North America’s longest metropolitan park system.

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“Our Government is proud to invest in this project which will connect residents and visitors with increased opportunities to walk, bike, and run right here in Fort Saskatchewan and throughout the river valley,” said Leon Benoit, MP for Vegreville–Wainwright.

Once connected, the Capital Region river valley will span 18,000 acres and include 88 kilometres of trails.

“We are so pleased to announce our expansion to the River Valley Trail System in the West River’s Edge area,” said Fort Saskatchewan Mayor Gale Katchur. “Our park is the eastern anchor to the Capital Region river valley trail system, and it will be a popular destination for residents and visitors for many years to come.”

The Town of Devon, Parkland County, Leduc County, City of Edmonton, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County and the City of Fort Saskatchewan are all part of the River Valley Alliance.

The RVA’s goal is to create a continuous integrated river valley park system in the Alberta Capital Region and to preserve and protect the River Valley.

(Watch above: Brent Collingwood from the River Valley Alliance is interviewed on the Morning News on International River Day.)

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