Park Development

The City is continually working to improve our park system, sports fields and trails. The following information highlights ongoing projects with details relating to project purpose, timelines, participation opportunities/results and expected impacts.

For more information on specific ongoing projects, view the Park Development Update (Sept 2021)

Alcohol in Designated Park Spaces Pilot Program

The City of St. Albert is implementing an Alcohol in Designated Park Spaces Pilot Program in Rotary, Lions and Kingswood Parks from September 1 to October 31, 2021.

The pilot program will be carried out in three parks:

Alcohol consumption will be permitted at all picnic tables within the three designated parks. Users must stay within 25m of designated picnic tables when consuming alcohol. 

Take a short survey to share your thoughts on this pilot program.

Grey Nuns White Spruce - Park Planning

The Grey Nuns White Spruce Park (GNWSP) is a unique park that includes the White Spruce Forest, which is a designated Municipal Historic Resource. With the development of Riverside and increasing use of the GNWSP, there is a need to provide better access to the area while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the White Spruce Forest.

For more information: 
Visit the GNWSP page

Construction timeline

  • October 1 - mid-November 2021: There will be limited access to the park. Follow posted signage and keep out of closed areas.
  • Mid-November 2021 - July 2022: There will be a full closure to the area.  Do not enter the park during this time.

Read full details about the project

Kingsmeade Park - Park Planning

The new Kingsmeade Park is located in the Kingswood neighbourhood along Kingswood Boulevard.

The City gathered input from the community in 2020 and a concept design for Kingsmeade Park was completed. In February 2021, a site amenities survey was conducted to help finalize the park design.

Thank you to those who have participated in the development process for Kingsmeade Park. Read more about the project, including the What We Heard Reports for the concept plan, site amenities and for the playground.

2021 UPDATE

The City of St. Albert is happy to announce the completion of St. Albert’s newest community park – Kingsmeade Park in the Kingswood neighbourhood. The park is intended for use in all seasons, and has an incredible playground area, walking trails with interactive play elements, a boarded outdoor rink, multi-sport court area, open spaces for unstructured play, an all-season social hub, and various trees and shrubs to complete the landscaped area. 

Some park components are still to come in December 2021, including completion of the heating and lighting systems in the social hub shelter, and two pieces of playground equipment (playhouse and teeter totter) which are scheduled to be installed in spring 2022

The City is also installing some temporary park furniture as we wait for the permanent furniture to arrive.

Grant Funding

Federal Govt Grant Funding

$2.5M in Social Infrastructure Funding for Kingsmeade Park thanks to the Government of Canada.

Lacombe Lake Dog Park – Small Dog Area

On February 16, 2021, St. Albert City Council passed a motion to proceed with the steps toward implementing a designated "Small Dog Area" within the existing boundaries of Lacombe Lake Dog Park, located at 159MR McKenney Avenue.

Residents and park users were invited to share feedback on the preliminary design options through an online survey from June 9 to 18, 2021. The valuable feedback and information that the project team received was used to select the successful small dog area design, Option A.

Learn more about the project and chosen design

Playground Redevelopments

When the City of St. Albert redevelops neighbourhood park playgrounds, residents can share their feedback on the proposed playground design. Feedback helps identify which play features are preferred and will be considered alongside:

  • Available budget
  • Sustainable maintenance requirements
  • Product availability
  • Project schedule
  • Contractor qualifications and experience

Park playground redevelopment falls within the municipal repair, maintain, replace (RMR) capital plan. A guiding principle of this program is to replace "like for like" elements. Therefore, where possible, the playground replacement design strives to include key play feature elements that are consistent with the original design.

Current playground redevelopment projects are below:

Riverside Park - Park Planning

The neighbourhood of Riverside, situated on the northwest side of St. Albert, is a growing community, planned to include a variety of parks, two future school sites and access to the Red Willow Trail system and the Grey Nuns White Spruce Park.

The Area Structure Plan for the Riverside neighbourhood was amended in March 2020 and the Riverside Park Master Plan was updated in early 2021. This master plan lays out the conceptual design for all future parks in the Riverside neighbourhood. Parks are designed and constructed as land is made available through the neighbourhood developer. The park designs within the Park Master Plan are conceptual and public engagement is conducted as each park is ready for enhancement.

The first park to be completed under this plan, Riverside Park, is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. Visit the Riverside Parks Planning page for more information and to learn more about public engagement opportunities as the parks in Riverside progress.

Grant Funding

Federal Govt Grant Funding

$1.6M in Social Infrastructure funding for Riverside Park, Element Park and Versailles Park thanks to the Government of Canada.

Ville Giroux - Park Planning

Ville Giroux is a new community in northwest St. Albert, envisioned with a combination of commercial, mixed-use and residential developments. The community is designed with high walkability and includes a substantial centrally-located commercial area to support the day-to-day needs of residents.

We would like to thank everyone who participated and provided their feedback on the Versailles Park design public engagement from January 27, 2021 to February 10, 2021. Check out the What We Heard Report.

2021 update

The City of St. Albert is happy to announce the completion of St. Albert’s newest park space – Versailles Park in the Ville Giroux neighbourhood. We invite you to stop by and enjoy the park, trails and the newly-completed fire-themed playground!.

The splash pad area is still under some construction; please be respectful of the barriers and fencing in place to ensure we do not have any damaged surfacing when we turn on the water and open the splash pad in June 2022!

The City is also installing some temporary park furniture as we wait for the permanent furniture to arrive.

Grant Funding

Federal Govt Grant Funding

$1.6M in Social Infrastructure funding for Riverside Park, Element Park and Versailles Park thanks to the Government of Canada.


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Last edited: January 12, 2022