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$30M for River Valley

The Capital Region is one step closer to housing the largest urban park in North America after $30 million worth of federal funding was announced yesterday.

The Capital Region is one step closer to housing the largest urban park in North America after $30 million worth of federal funding was announced yesterday.

The money is for the River Valley Alliance’s vision for the North Saskatchewan River Valley, stretching 18,000 acres from Devon to Fort Saskatchewan.

“This is truly remarkable news and really makes this concept a reality,” said Sol Rolingher, chair of the alliance.

The money, announced by Rona Ambrose, MP for Edmonton-Spruce Grove, will be combined with $50 million from the province and another $30 million that still needs to be collected from the seven member municipalities.

That $110 million will be used to create trails for about half of the 88-kilometre river valley where there currently aren’t any, as well as footbridges. The leftover money will be used to acquire any land needed to complete the preferred route.

“(The river valley) is one of the jewels in Edmonton, we already know that,” said Ambrose.
“There is great will to get this done; that’s the key.”

The entire project, which consists of three phases, could cost more than $600 million.

 
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