Parks Canada and its partners take the first step towards the creation of a national urban park in Edmonton

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March 14, 2022 Edmonton, Alberta Parks Canada Agency

As Canadians, we know that green spaces in and around our cities are good for our health, good for wildlife and good for the environment.

Today, the Honorable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism, on behalf of the Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, along with the Honorable Amarjeet Sohi, Mayor of City of Edmonton, Chief Tony Alexis, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations Representative, and Audrey Poitras, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta, announced the launch of the pre-feasibility phase for explore the creation of a national urban park in the Edmonton area.

Parks Canada and the City of Edmonton will work closely with Indigenous partners to ensure that a national urban park in the Edmonton area showcases Indigenous stewardship, voices and stories and provides opportunities for connections to land and water based on Indigenous knowledge and values.

A national urban park in the Edmonton area would mean better access to quality green space for Edmontonians and promote better mental and physical well-being as people spend more time in nature. It would also create jobs, strengthen the local economy and complement tourism in the city of Edmonton.

For nature, urban green spaces provide habitat for animals, including species at risk, and can serve as critical corridors for wildlife. These are great examples of nature-based climate solutions, helping to cool cities and absorb rainwater during extreme weather events. They can contribute to Canada’s climate change goals by sequestering carbon and to the Government of Canada’s commitment to conserve 25% of its land and waters by 2025, with a view to achieving 30% here 2030.

The National Urban Parks Program, announced in August 2021, is the next step for Parks Canada, whose more than 110-year history has provided Canadians with a system of national parks, including Rouge National Urban Park, places National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation Areas.

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