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Remediation from Behind the Lens: An adventure through the redeveloped Riel Park

Remediation from Behind the Lens: An adventure through the redeveloped Riel Park

If you have not read my previous article about the Riel Park Redevelopment, take a quick read for some background before looking through this photo essay!

While visiting a landfill doesn’t seem like an ideal Saturday afternoon activity, visiting a remediated one might be! On a sunny day in June, my boyfriend Logan and I went on an adventure through Riel Park after a visit to the St. Albert Farmers Market. After going through the playground in Rotary Park, we walked through the marsh on the John E. Poole interpretive boardwalk, where a group of ducks were frolicking in the algae. It started raining while we were walking so we made good use of the shared use paths in the area to run to the car and explore the rest of the site without getting wet! Riel Park is situated near the cute DaVinci Gelato store, the Enjoy Centre, and Holes Greenhouse. If you’re looking for an adventure around Edmonton, I’d definitely recommend checking it out.

Here’s where Riel Park is! It’s about a 20 minute drive from downtown Edmonton.

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On your way, why not check out the St. Albert Farmers Market? Don’t forget your reusable bags!

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You can park in a lot next to the RV Park, which is full in the summer!

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Bask in the sun for a while at the new Rotary Park!

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If you’re feeling more ambitious, enjoy a climbing cube before taking the footpath under the bridge.

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The bridge offers a good refuge in case of rain!

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Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park spans to the right of the path, and the John E. Poole Wetland is at left.

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A beaver dam in the wetland!

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New development surrounds the protected wetland area, which can be enjoyed from the dry boardwalk that winds through it.

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Despite being a natural protection area, non biodegradable materials still end up in it!

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It’s too easy for this image to be the only part of garbage disposal that we see in a city - and rarely do we even see this!

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So despite the fact that the Riel Landfill has been transformed into this beautiful landscape, not all landfills will have such a positive legacy. Keep that in mind as you walk among the local plants, buzzing grasshoppers, and beaver dams. What can you do to reduce your impact on these ecosystems so we don’t have to undertake multi-million dollar remediation efforts every time a landfill overflows?

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