Maskepetoon Park Development
Red Deer, AB
Maskepetoon Park Natural Area is an ecologically significant and sensitive 30-hectare park that was being damaged due to increased human activity and limited management.
ISL had prepared a well-received park master plan that now guided the park’s short term development and long-term management. The plan was informed by stakeholder and public input. Based on the approved master plan, ISL began development of the first phase of the park in 2009.
The scope of development included an entry node and viewpoint, a major staircase down the escarpment, 18-metre and 15-metre long pedestrian bridges, gravel trails, a wetland boardwalk and a Beaver Terrace across a small drainage channel. GPS was used to map trail routes that both minimized impact and provided recreational and educational interest.
Uniquely, pedestrian bridges were placed using a heavy-lift helicopter to minimize environmental impacts. Wooden viewing decks and staircases provided access through environmentally sensitive areas to further minimize impacts.
ISL secured regulatory approvals for each feature and provided detailed design, tender and construction services. During detailed design, ISL worked with the City of Red Deer to develop a new standard for pedestrian bridges for City park facilities. Development of the park was completed in 2012.