July 5-12, 2004

Alberta uses lottery funds to support integrated park system

EDMONTON, ALTA-Bigger than New York's Central Park and longer than Toronto's Harbourfront, the Capital Region's river valley will become one of the world's largest integrated park systems with an injection of $1 million from the Alberta Lottery Fund. The funding will enable the River Valley Alliance (RVA) to begin the development of its concept plan linking existing parks, open space, facilities and attractions along the North Saskatchewan River. This "green corridor" will stretch a total of 88 km over 18,000 acres from Devon to Edmonton to Fort Saskatchewan. The RVA, incorporated as a not-for profit organization in 2003, has been developing its plan for the river valley over the past two decades. The concept plan - based on balancing the environmental, social and economic benefits of any development - may be viewed on-line at albertalotteryfund.ca/pdf/alf/River_Valley.pdf. "With funding from the Alberta government, we begin the process of building partnerships to help implement this project - our group can finally act on what we have regarded as an obligation and an opportunity, to protect and enhance this unique treasure," said Alliance chair Sol Rolingher. The RVA is made up of municipalities holding lands within the North Saskatchewan River valley. It includes Devon, Parkland County, Leduc County, Edmonton, Sturgeon County, Strathcona County and Fort Saskatchewan. More information is available on-line at www.rivervalley.ab.ca.
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