River Valley Walk

Monday, May 19, 2008
For some reason, I had a lot of energy this morning (must have been the pasta from last night). So, I figured I should put it to good use. I headed out bright and early this morning for a walk through Edmonton's River Valley. Since we're living in a new section of downtown, that meant a new section of the River Valley park system that I hadn't walked through before. The River Valley system in Edmonton is the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America and is 22 times larger than Central Park in New York City. That's pretty big. Plenty of km of walking/biking trails (most paved). Here are a couple of shots that I took while on my walk this morning (about 45 minutes).

The city maintains the trails fairly well (some spots better than others) and have garbage cans along the trails so folks don't litter. There are well placed park benches for people to sit on and enjoy the view. As well, some spots have educational information for visitors and residents alike to learn a bit more about various neighbourhoods and parks, and how they got their names. In this case, the neighbourhood of Rossdale.

After a nice long walk walk, there's nothing better than finding a nice shady grassy knoll, kicking off the running shoes, and settling down for a snack and some knitting.

It's hard to believe that something this beautiful can found fight in the heart of our city. A great getaway from the "hustle and bustle" that is downtown Edmonton (ha ha...we're a "city" but nothing compared to places like Toronto, Chicago, Vancouver, Los Angeles, etc...). For more pics, you can visit my Flickr site.


SME said...

Ah, I love the river valley. So nice to be close to it for those days when you need some quiet, some greenery, and some critters!

sp said...

What a great way to spend the day. I had no idea that Edmonton had such a lovely greenspace that is very accessible.

harpervalley said...

lovely! if only cities has oodles of greenspace.


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