A modest park just outside the Yardbird Suite music venue with a bronze bust of an Edmonton jazz icon and the park's namesake, Big Miller. The adopted Edmontonian was a Jazz and Blues Singer, who shared the stage with such legends as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Dizzie Gillespie and Miles Davis.
Edmonton's river valley is the longest stretch of connected urban parkland in North America
22 times larger than New York City's Central Park, Edmonton's parkland has 11 lakes, 14 ravines and 22 major parks (and pocket parks too) to enjoy.
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The Edmonton Chinese Garden, located in Louise McKinney Park - just southeast of the Shaw Conference Centre. It's a 1.25-hectare landscaped garden showcasing authentic Chinese architecture and sculptures.
An Entrance Gate was added in 2017, opening officially in mid-September.
The public art, Turbulent, by Vancouver-based artist Jill Anholt, creates a viewpoint of the river valley complete with seating. It's made of thin, bright blue ribbons of metal combined with concrete benches. The seats are inspired by the waters of the North Saskatchewan River which they over look.
The Indigenous Art Park permanently exhibits six artworks by Canadian Indigenous artists. The works were conceptualized to tell the story of the place - ancestral lands of the Indigenous peoples whose descendants entered into Treaty with the British Crown resulting in the territory opening for settlement.
A triangular park crisscrossed by paved walkways and dotted by park benches sitting under shady trees. The quaint natural space is named after the former president of the Edmonton Board of Trade and the owner of Edmonton's very first automobile, a 1903 Ford Model A.
There are adventures abound in the Mill Creek Ravine. Enjoy paved and dirt walking paths, bike trails, off leash dog parks, picnic sites and even an outdoor swimming pool, which can be found all along the tributary ravine system leading into the North Saskatchewan River.
Mature trees encircle the pond with wetland plants along the water's edge, creating a naturalized bank. Various wooden decks accompanied by benches create spots for rest, reflection or a chat. A water feature on the southend of the park flows to the pond, creating sound and a chance to engage with the water.
A large park space with a variety of facilities including a rink, sports fields, natural areas, a playground and spray park.
There's lots to do when you visit Garneau Park. Kids (and kids at heart) can climb, jump and swing in the colourful playground equipment and sand box. You can sit amongst the green space and grassy hills. Participate in an arts or craft class at the Edmonton Arts Centre. Or ramp up your competitive side with tennis and beach volleyball --- you can get involved in a game, a tournament, league or lesson.
The town square of Edmonton. The massive, paved, tree-lined gathering place hosts events year-round including the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, the New Year's Celebration, The Works Art & Design Festival, Taste of Edmonton plus more. The City of Edmonton is committed to enlivening the site with fitness classes, light saber training, break dancing and other programs for all ages.
A well-loved park visited by residents throughout the year. The rink is the place for ball hockey and bicycle polo during the warmer months and skating and shinny in the winter. Ritchie Park also has two paved tennis courts, a basketball court, a playground, spray park and open field with heaps of room to run and play.
Named in honour of former Edmonton Eskimo football great Rollie Miles, the grounds offer space to practice and compete in athletics. There are two soccer fields, an outdoor 400m 8-lane track, long and triple jump sand pits, a javelin, shot put and discus throwing area plus stands for 1000 spectators complete with bathrooms.
An expansive paved walkway stretching along five blocks, overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Park benches dot the promenade for a rest and a chance to take it all in.
Get a sense of just how massive the river valley is from the top of Victoria Park Road. Lounge on one of the many park benches or in the gazebo before heading off into the trail network.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park sits on the north bank of the North Saskatchewan River and extends from Whitemud Drive (west) to Buena Vista Drive (northeast.) The River Valley location of this park makes it a fantastic location to visit.
A valley filled with pathways weaving through the natural beauty of the boreal forest. The trail system leads down to the North Saskatchewan River with the parkland and picnic areas of MacKinnon Ravine.
A circular park nestled in beside a well-used bike path in the Westmount neighbourhood. It's named in honour of The Edmonton Grads women's basketball team from the 1920s.
An open field with gently rolling hills to run, play and lounge on, while a spray park and playground take up the northern edge of the space.
Nestled on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is a small and intimate zoo that provides authentic and engaging animal experiences.
Truly a pocket park! This little green triangle of parkland is Edmonton's smallest park. It's named after a pioneer educator in Edmonton.