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7 docks and boat launches planned for Edmonton River Valley

River valley docks and boat launches
WATCH ABOVE: Getting people to the Edmonton River Valley hasn't always been easy. But soon, more access points like boat launches and docks will change that. Vinesh Pratap explains.

A plan to build seven docks and boat launches in the river valley is moving ahead after the City of Edmonton’s Urban Planning Committee approved the proposal Wednesday.

The docks will improve access to North Saskatchewan River, provide an additional amount of recreational amenities and improve access to river valley views.

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According to Larry Wall, executive director of the River Valley Alliance, a lot of people don’t have full access to the river valley and its water. He said the docks will help connect them to the river valley, a major objective of the RVA.

“For the people of the region, the docks will provide them access to the river… For a lot of people, they only get to see the water from a distance. The various docks will provide the ability to stand on the river on a stable platform, dip your toes in the water.”

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The locations for the docks are based on current park uses, existing infrastructure, topographical and hydrological analysis. The locations are:

  • Whitemud Park
  • Laurier/Buena Vista Park
  • Emily Murphy Park
  • Dawson Park
  • Capilano Park at 50 Street
  • Rossdale

According to the Environment Review posted on the City of Edmonton’s website, construction of the projects will be done in two phases.

Phase 1 will include the first six sites and Phase 2, which will be the construction of the Rossdale dock, will be included with the Touch the Water Project adjacent to the Walterdale Bridge.

Council has approved a capital budget of $2 million in 2012 for development of the project.

*Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on Monday, Oct. 31. It was updated at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 to reflect the approval of the proposal.