In April, the City finished installing the deck panels that will form the walking surface of the Terwillegar Park Footbridge. Final construction activities are underway including installation of the hand rails and shade canopies, application of the deck surfacing, and site grading on both the north and the south banks. The final trail connections to the bridge will also be completed prior to opening.
The 262-metre long footbridge will connect Terwillegar Park in the southwest to Oleskiw River Valley Park on the north side of the river. The unique, minimalist profile of the first ‘stressed ribbon’ bridge in Edmonton will provide a striking river valley crossing. A stressed ribbon bridge means the support cables are embedded into the deck below the walking surface.
As part of the Terwillegar Park Footbridge Project, Edmonton artist Royden Mills has been commissioned to create public artwork for the Terwillegar Park Footbridge site. The artwork, Resonant Progression, consists of three interactive sculptures that amplify the natural sounds in the park.
Two of the three pieces will be installed close to the main entrance of the park, with the third piece placed next to the south bank of the future Terwillegar Park Footbridge. The sculptures are part of the City’s Percent for Art Program, which allocates one per cent of the eligible construction budget for the acquisition of art. The pieces will be installed by the end of 2016.
The Terwillegar Park Footbridge is another step towards creating a continuous trail system in Edmonton’s river valley. The footbridge is one of five River Valley Access Projects, part of a $72.9-million initiative funded by the River Valley Alliance and the provincial and federal governments to improve connectivity in the river valley.
For more information on this project, visit www.edmonton.ca/rivervalleyprojects.