Heritage Valley Park & Ride now open

The Heritage Valley Park & Ride is wide open. 

The new facility on the corner of Ellerslie Road and 127 Street off Anthony Henday Drive in southwest Edmonton has 1,100 parking stalls, a 15-bay transit centre, a heated main building for passengers, several unheated sheltered waiting areas and two Kiss and Ride passenger dropoffs. 

On weekdays, shuttle buses run between the Park & Ride and the Century Park Transit Centre every five or 10 minutes between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. 

The blue P marks the location of the now-open Heritage Valley Park & Ride. The dark purple indicates a future LRT link to Century Park now served by ETS buses. The light purple indicates the subsequent phase of the Capital Line South LRT extension.

Here are some other things to know. 

Tactile guidance system

The ETS transit centre at the Heritage Valley Park & Ride is the first with tactile walking surface indicators. Indicators are familiar features at LRT stations in Edmonton. They’re the yellow warning tiles with truncated domes installed at platform edges and the bases of ramps and landings that assist people who are blind or have low vision.

At the Heritage Valley Park & Ride, the indicators call attention to nearby hazards or navigation points like pedestrian crossings, bus stops, pathway gaps, intersections and sharp changes in direction. 

Overhead look at the Heritage Valley Park & Ride, which features a tactile guidance system for blind and visually impaired people using the facility.

The system was developed by consultant ISL Engineering, with expert help from Vision Loss Rehabilitation Alberta, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the City of Edmonton and the City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee. 

Tactile walking surface indicators are located around Heritage Valley Park & Ride.

A similar tactile guidance system will be a part of the new Mill Woods Transit Centre, which is to open in spring 2021. 

The outside walls of the transit centre building will play host to murals for the travelling-minded.

Public Art 

Two painted murals by Edmonton artist Jill Stanton will splash colour into the Heritage Valley Park & Ride. 

The murals are scheduled to go up on the outside of the main transit centre building early next year. They feature highly detailed, colourful maps of a fictional city straddling a river. Here’s what the day map will look like: 

 Heritage Valley Park & Ride murals by Jill Stanton.

Here’s a rendering of the night map: 

Whether day or night, the murals refer to the spirit of letting one’s mind wander. 

Transit users waiting for a bus or, in the future, a train, can trace paths along the pictured routes, developing private narratives and connections within this imaginary city.

Bioswales 

 A look at one of the eight bioswales (and summer!) at the Heritage Valley Park & Ride facility.

Bioswales are landscaped planting beds that help filter water runoff from the parking area before it enters the City drainage network. 

There are eight bioswales in the medians throughout the parking lot. 

In addition to cutting the level of pollutants, bioswales work as corridors for wildlife. 

Benches looking out to the parking lot at the Heritage Valley Park & Ride.

 The bigger plan 

The new integrated transit facility will ultimately include an LRT station on the Capital Line South LRT extension. The extension, known as Capital Line South Phase 1, will be a 4.5 km long, high-floor extension from Century Park to Ellerslie Road. It would include: 

• an underpass at 23 Avenue

• bridges crossing Blackmud Creek and Anthony Henday Drive

• an operations and maintenance facility south of Anthony Henday Drive

In June 2020, City Council voted in favour of a motion that makes the Capital Line South LRT extension from Century Park to Ellerslie Road the City’s next priority for LRT expansion after the Valley Line West. With Council’s endorsement of the extension, the City can move forward with discussions with funding partners about the project.

Take a look at this animated video of the Capital Line South LRT extension from Century Park to 41 Avenue. 

The facility has also been designed to integrate with future development in the area and will ultimately expand to 1900 parking stalls based on service demands and funding availability. At present, there is no cost to park at the Heritage Valley Park & Ride. 

The new Heritage Valley Park & Ride is built with future development and neighbourhood connections in mind.

Heritage Valley Park & Ride has been designed to simplify transit-to-transit connections, and will include cycle and pedestrian links into nearby neighbourhoods even before the LRT is built.

There’s more info about the Heritage Valley Park & Ride. 

Editor’s notes: for the drone-minded, here’s a couple of minutes of Heritage Valley Park & Ride from above.