Touch the Water Promenade provides new opportunities to experience Edmonton’s river edge

While most 21st-century riverfront redevelopments are driven by the demands of urbanization, Touch the Water Promenade is distinct: it seeks to regenerate the ecology of the North Saskatchewan River Valley, while providing new opportunities to experience the water’s edge and accommodating critical infrastructural functions. In a unique context within Canada’s northernmost major city, the plan strikes a balance between the needs of wildlife and those of Edmontonians who cherish the river, whose daily use of the space has increased dramatically since the onset of COVID-19.

A wilderness in the heart of the city, the riverfront is essential ecologically but also culturally and socially, representing an urban identity

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