Maintaining the popular sandbar would be “bigger than having a new arena” for families, says U of A urban planning expert.
Edmonton’s “accidental beach” should become a permanent part of the river valley, says a University of Alberta urban sociology expert.
“It’s one of the things that’s been missing,” said Rob Shields of the U of A’s City-Region Studies Centre. “It’s one more thing to do in Edmonton and one more place to take the kids. It also gets more people into the river valley and you see the city differently.”
City council’s executive committee will meet tomorrow to debate whether and where to construct a permanent beach in the city.
The current beach formed unexpectedly while a new bridge was being built over the North Saskatchewan River in 2017. Caused by a construction berm that slowed the water, the pop-up beach delighted residents used to a river with a skimpy, mucky shoreline.
The silky piece of land on the river’s south shore...