River Valley Engagement

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Consisting of over 1,700 hectares, Lethbridge’s river valley is the defining natural feature of the city. Mostly undeveloped, the river valley is the home to a diverse population of plants and animals and serves as a corridor for many more. This crown jewel of Lethbridge serves area residents and visitors from a passive and active perspective. There are innumerable view points from which to take in the beautiful vistas; through hiking, running, walking, photography, and many other pursuits the valley fills the needs of many.

Along with city residents, the City is a steward of the river valley. While plans have been developed (most recently the River Valley Parks Master Plan 2017) that present visions for the river valley and identify management strategies and potential projects, City Council decided in mid-2020 to engage again with stakeholders and residents.

Throughout October the public will be asked to provide their thoughts about recreation and preservation in the river valley. Households will be mailed a postcard early in the month that directs them to a survey on the City’s Get Involved Lethbridge webpage. The postcard provides each household with its own, unique code that will allow them access to answer the questions.

Additionally the public will be able to virtually mark points on a map of the river valley. There is an interactive map available below for people to label areas of interest and importance to them: places that they think would benefit from improvement or protection.

The results of the engagement will culminate in a summary report that will identify management strategies as well as areas to recreate in and areas to simply appreciate. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

Consisting of over 1,700 hectares, Lethbridge’s river valley is the defining natural feature of the city. Mostly undeveloped, the river valley is the home to a diverse population of plants and animals and serves as a corridor for many more. This crown jewel of Lethbridge serves area residents and visitors from a passive and active perspective. There are innumerable view points from which to take in the beautiful vistas; through hiking, running, walking, photography, and many other pursuits the valley fills the needs of many.

Along with city residents, the City is a steward of the river valley. While plans have been developed (most recently the River Valley Parks Master Plan 2017) that present visions for the river valley and identify management strategies and potential projects, City Council decided in mid-2020 to engage again with stakeholders and residents.

Throughout October the public will be asked to provide their thoughts about recreation and preservation in the river valley. Households will be mailed a postcard early in the month that directs them to a survey on the City’s Get Involved Lethbridge webpage. The postcard provides each household with its own, unique code that will allow them access to answer the questions.

Additionally the public will be able to virtually mark points on a map of the river valley. There is an interactive map available below for people to label areas of interest and importance to them: places that they think would benefit from improvement or protection.

The results of the engagement will culminate in a summary report that will identify management strategies as well as areas to recreate in and areas to simply appreciate. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

  • You've got mail! 

    You will be receiving a post card in your mail within the next week or so. On the card is a unique code for your household to access a survey about river valley recreation and use. Your input will help shape decisions the City of Lethbridge makes about recreation and preservation (e.g. pathways, special use areas) in the river valley. 

    Use the link below and the code provided on the back of the postcard to access the questionnaire and provide your answers. (Please note, this access code is unique to your household and can only be used once.) The survey only takes 5 - 10 minutes to complete.

    If you do not have access to a computer or simply prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, please call 311. 


    Click here to access the survey


    The deadline to complete your survey is October 30, 2020. 

    After you complete your survey, you may choose to be entered to win one of two $100 grocery gift cards! information is gathered through a separate portal, protecting the anonymity of your survey responses.  

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