Red Deer County, Alberta
In 2010 Red Deer County acquired an historic trestle and bridge over the Red Deer River that had been used by Alberta Central Railway and then the Canadian Pacific Railway, from 1912 through 1981. In addition to being an historic feature this river crossing could potentially serve as a major link in the regional trail system. EDA Collaborative Inc. was retained to evaluate the bridge, research comparable projects elsewhere and working with a steering committee appointed by the County government, propose alternative strategies for development of the bridge and adjacent County lands as a recreational amenity and historic attraction.
The study included analysis of the opportunities and constraints from bio-physical, technical and social perspectives. Economic feasibility had to be taken into account as well as the needs of stakeholders including local and regional user groups, the Province of Alberta, nearby municipalities and adjacent land owners.
Our consulting team produced illustrated options ranging from simple preservation through various levels of recreational development including trails, viewing platforms, parking areas, picnic facilities and restrooms.