A swath of the Pehonan Parkway is being lost to the North Saskatchewan River, and the parkway’s governing board isn’t going to take it sitting down.
© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
A section of the North Saskatchewan River’s bank at the northern base of 16th Avenue West is seen in its slow trip down the bank, after being undercut by recent high water levels.
“There is a concern about that and we plan on doing something before the end of the year,” board chair and city councillor Don Cody said.
“We plan on repairing it and it’ll be repaired with rock and other materials, just to solidify the bank so that it doesn’t erode any further.
“It’s just a matter of putting some materials in there that’s not going to be washed away.”
The key problem area is located off of the northern base of 16th Avenue West, where a few metres’ worth of land has recently cracked off the parkway and is now located a small jump downward.
This unique sight has been attracting local children, a nearby property owner said. She is concerned that they might fall off the steep embankment and into the river.
“Of course everyone should take caution while being around the river -- all the normal safety provisions,” city public works director Colin Innes said.
The riverbank’s isn’t unexpected, Innes said, noting that it’s “part of the normal lifespan of the river.”
“It wanders back and forth along its channel confines … I think if you were to go around to look at aerial photography you’d see all kinds of remnants of where the channel used to be located.”
We plan on repairing it and it’ll be repaired with rock and other materials, just to solidify the bank so that it doesn’t erode any further. Don Cody
Although expected, city use of the area as a parkway mandates that mitigative efforts need to take place, he said.
“We’ve been out with our surveyors taking some shots and looking at our river outfalls and kind of co-ordinating some of the data behind the work,” he said. “It’s prudent for us to follow up on it.”
Spurred in part by the vocal concerns of Ward 1 Coun. Charlene Miller, who is also a member of the Pehonan Parkway, Cody said that he’s confident a proposed solution will come forward for city council consideration in the near future.
“We certainly have taken her comments into consideration, and we’ll certainly do something about it,” he said.
“We have it on our short-line radar screen for it to be done this year.”
The Pehonan Parkway consists of about 1,400 acres of city parkland along the North Saskatchewan River.
As per an agreement signed with the province and renewed on a five-year basis in 2011, provincial funding might be available to help pay for riverbank repair work, the details of which are expected to be brought forward to council for consideration in the near future.