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Maps Improve Access and Enjoyment of the River Valley

May 17, 2011

More than 160 kilometres of river valley trails are now more easily navigated with help from a new series of maps aimed at improving access and experiences for trail and park users in Edmonton.

The free maps, developed in partnership with the City of Edmonton, the River Valley Alliance and Alberta Health Services, provide unique information such as trail grade to determine the steepness of a trail section, sections of trails cleared in winter, the location of washrooms open year-round, and the location of nearest transit stations.

The enhanced features of the maps are aimed at promoting trail use for a wide variety of users, including hikers, runners, children, older persons and people with mobility challenges.

“The City of Edmonton is committed to making this jewel of our city enjoyable and accessible to everyone,” said Councillor Linda Sloan. “Through this incredible partnership these valuable maps will help to ensure that Edmontonians and visitors can enjoy our beautiful river valley year-round, and thereby make our city more livable.”

Volunteers from the Alliance, the Trails, Paths and Routes Advisory Committee, the Wild Rose Ramblers walking club, as well as volunteers from the City and Alberta Health Services reviewed and tested the maps to ensure their usefulness for all users.

“The River Valley Alliance is proud to partner with the City and the Province to preserve, protect and enhance the river valley park system for year-round accessibility and enjoyment of its citizens and visitors,” said Sol Rolingher, chair of The River Valley Alliance.

Funding was provided by the River Valley Alliance, Alberta Health Services and a grant from the Alberta Sports, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

“Walking is the easiest and most economical way to get the 30 minutes of daily active living we all need to stay healthy, and our river valley is a great place to do that,” said Dr. Marcia Johnson, Acting Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Health Services - Edmonton Zone.

Currently, three maps are available and cover the area of the river valley spanning across Edmonton. Future maps will cover trails and paths in the river valley along the North Saskatchewan River from the town of Devon to the City of Fort Saskatchewan.

Maps are available online, at City Hall, City recreation facilities, libraries and Public Health units.