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City wants feedback on plan to expand Terwillegar Park parking lot

A Google streetview image of the current parking lot in Terwillegar Park, located in southwest Edmonton.
A Google streetview image of the current parking lot in Terwillegar Park, located in southwest Edmonton. Google

Terwillegar Park in southwest Edmonton is one of the city’s most popular parks, and on beautiful days it’s not uncommon to see vehicles parked along the steep road leading down to the park because the existing lot is full.

The 186-hectare off-leash park isn’t just a hit with dog owners: it’s also popular with walkers, runners and cyclists.

Because of significant demand for parking, The City of Edmonton is proposing to expand the parking lot. The new long-term gravel parking lot would be located west of the existing lot and would provide 112 new spaces.

The Terwillegar Park parking lot
The Terwillegar Park parking lot

The city is seeking feedback on the plan, both in an online survey available until July 17, and in-person at the park on July 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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The process to approve the parking lot expansion will be subject to detailed environmental studies, public engagement, and City Council approval.

The expansion aligns with the city’s Terwillegar Park Concept Plan, which was released in 2008. The 27-point plan calls for several upgrades, including more paved parking and overflow parking, pedestrian bridges like the foot bridge currently being built, a program building and washroom, a designated on-leash area, a picnic area, a natural playground, a dock for canoe and kayak launches, and a 2.0 hectare paddling lake.

Some of the plan, including enhanced paved and gravel trails, has already been installed.