Oleskiw Park Master Plan

Client City of Edmonton
Location Edmonton | Alberta

The Oleskiw River Valley Park Master Plan is the City of Edmonton’s first comprehensive plan for the park and will guide development for the next 25 years. Through the Master Plan process, public and stakeholder consultation resulted in a collective vision for the park: to keep the park natural and to enhance educational and trail-based recreational opportunities. The Master Plan includes a series of capital recommendations to help achieve the collective vision, as well as a plan for the management of existing and proposed project components.

The Oleskiw River Valley Park Master Plan has four main objectives, developed to address opportunities and challenges identified through a combination of public input, site analysis andCity policy. The objectives are to:

  • increase biodiversity in the park;

  • protect the park’s natural character and cultural heritage;

  • promote opportunities for a variety of park visitors to experience nature; and

  • introduce educational and stewardship opportunities for the broader community.

Based on public input and the requirements of limited access into the park, proposed amenities are minimal and support trail-based activities, nature interpretation and environmental stewardship. The Master Plan recommends the implementation of a re-naturalization plan to help increase biodiversity in the park, which has been identified as biodiversity core area, and reduce invasive species introduced through historical land disturbances.

The design strategies presented in the Master Plan respond to present and future user needs and reference natural processes in the park. Bands in the landscape that parallel the North Saskatchewan River, created through repetitive flooding, are the inspiration for the form and organization of the concept plan. Historical and archaeological resources are commemorated with interpretive signs and public programming. Partnerships with Indigenous communities are encouraged to ensure an appropriate and accurate interpretation of Indigenous culture and history and to create opportunities for cultural programming in the park.