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Red Willow Park West Master Plan

About the Project

Red Willow Park stretches from River Lot 56 on the east to the shore lands along Big Lake on the west. In 1991, the master plan was approved by City Council for all Red Willow Park and it has been used to guide the development of the park. The City of St. Albert is undertaking an update of the 2003 Red Willow Park West Master Plan to ensure the City has a strong vision for future trail linkages and park amenities for the western portion of Red Willow Park (west of the trestle bridge)

1991 Red Willow Urban Park Master Plan

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View the 1991 Red Willow Park Master Plan

Since 1991 the following have been developed:

15 kms of trails run along the shore lands between Riverlot 56 and Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park

Major City parks including:

Red Willow Park West Master Plan Update

In 2003, an updated master plan was completed for the west portion of Red Willow Park – westward from the railway trestle bridge to Big Lake within the City of St. Albert boundary.

View the 2003 Red Willow Park West Master Plan Update

Since the 2003 Red Willow Park West Master Plan update, several initiatives have occurred that impact the master plan area including Riverside development, Ray Gibbon Drive expansion, Riel Recreation Park development, Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park development, Grey Nuns White Spruce Park Recommended Management Plan and Lakeview Business District Development Principles. This has lead the need to complete an update of the Master Plan.

What Does the Master Plan Include?

Since the fall of 2017, the City of St. Albert has been working with ISL Engineering to complete an update of the Red Willow Park West Master Plan Update, which will include a review of the top priories for the updated plan, as well as development concept plans and implementation plans for the following four areas:

Meadowview Area

Will include: concept plan development taking into consideration trail connections to surrounding areas such as: Riverside neighbourhood, the west side of Ray Gibbon Drive, connections to the Heritage Site, and the Grey Nuns White Spruce Park Concept Plan.

2003 Meadowview Concept Plan image

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South Big Lake Area

Will include: concept plan update including amenities, access and connections, and other key features; update will ensure the concept plans aligns with the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park Management Plan.

2003 South Big Lake Concept Plan image

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North Big Lake Area

Will include: concept plan update including amenities, access and connections, and other key features; update will ensure the concept plan aligns with the Lois Hole Management Plan.

2003 North Big Lake Concept Plan image

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Carrot Creek Greenway Area

Will include: development of a vision statement and high-level concept plan, including possible access and future connections, as well as anticipated development timelines.

Stakeholder and Public Feedback

As part of the update, the City and ISL Engineering will be engaging with stakeholders to garner feedback on the updated plan. The public will also have an opportunity to provide feedback.

Public Participation

Open House #1

The Red Willow Park Master Open House took place on February 27, 2018 and residents who attended were able to provide feedback on future planning to Red Willow Park.

This feedback will ensure the City has a strong vision for future trail linkages and park amenities for Red Willow Park along the Sturgeon River west of the trestle bridge, along the north shore of Big Lake, and along Carrot Creek.

A survey was made available online from March 1 - 15, 2018 for residents who were unable to attend this open house. Through the survey, residents were able to view the open house presentation and give feedback on the master plan update.

Open House #2

Park Planning Open House

New concept boards for the Red Willow Park West Park Master Plan were created based on feedback from the February 27 open house. Residents were invited to attend a second open house on June 6, 2018 where they could view the concept boards and give their feedback. At this open house, residents could also give feedback on the Riverside Park Master Plan, and the BLESS Platform.

Online Survey

An online survey was made available from June 6 - 21, 2018 for residents who were unable to attend the Park Planning Open House on June 6. Through the online survey, residents could view the Red Willow Park West Park Master Plan presentation, look at potential park features, and give feedback.

Project Outcomes and Objectives:

Outcomes:

  • Complete an update of the 2003 Red Willow Park West Park Master Plan.
  • Create a plan for future trails and park amenities in the Red Willow Park West area.
  • Create concept and implementation plans for Meadowview, North Big Lake, South Big Lake and the Carrot Creek Greenway.

Objectives:

  • Undertake public engagement to ensure user needs and priorities are identified and help shape the plan.
  • Deliver a presentation on the master plan to educate the public on the project.

For More Information:

Margo Brenneis - Parks Planning Specialist
mbrenneis@stalbert.ca
780-418-6697

Last edited: June 26, 2018

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