New 190-acre River Valley Park opening in Northeast Edmonton

The City of Edmonton is opening a new park this summer! A new park with a children’s playground, an ornamental lake, a large events centre, trail connections and charming barn bridges will open in northeast Edmonton. The City officially acquired the park on May 15, 2023, and the park is scheduled to open to the public in late Summer 2023. It will be part of Edmonton’s River Valley park system. Watch for grand opening information online.

Leading up to the opening, City crews are performing proper inspections, maintenance work and preparing the facilities and grounds for public use. Spanning 190 acres, the new park is larger than William Hawrelak Park (168 acres)! Additional park space is an investment in the health and well-being of all Edmontonians, as a social hub, as well as environmental conservation.

A deer walks through Northeast River Valley Park in Edmonton

Mayor Amarjeet Sohi made the announcement on May 23, 2023, along with several Councillors, as well as City Manager Andre Corbould and Deputy City Manager of Community Services Jennifer Flaman.

“Edmontonians have told us loud and clear that they want to expand River Valley access to enjoy more opportunities to connect with friends, family and the natural world around them,“ said Mayor Amarjeet Sohi. “I hope this new park will serve as an important gathering place for generations of residents as our city continues to grow.”   

The park’s former name was Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch North. Residents and stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide input as part of a concept-planning process that is expected to begin later this year. Following that work, the new park will be officially named; until then, it will be referred to as Northeast River Valley Park. Information about public engagement opportunities are forthcoming and will be published on in the coming months. 

Check out this video of the new park:

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Councillors Jo-Anne Wright, Ashley Salvador, City Manager, Andre Corbould (and his dog, Murphy), Karen Principe, Mayor Amarjeet Sohi, Aaron Paquette and Deputy City Manager of Community Services, Jennifer Flaman