Well, I think the first problem here is the name of the project, as others have pointed out. Touch the Water doesn't really live up to expectations. If the city was to be honest, it should have been called DON'T touch the water, or We DON'T really want you to touch the water, but you can at least get a bit closer to it. I know that would have been terrible marketing, but it would have saved a lot of disappointment as the city backs away from what it never really wanted anyways.So in the updated design, we now have "right sized" the terraces (i.e. made them smaller) and removed one out of the two places where a person could theoretically "touch the water". Oh, and it looks like they removed the water feature for good measure. What a disaster! This is all being done in the name of being more "eco friendly" - I mean, what are we, nihilists? Can we not have at least ONE spot in the centre of the city where there is a proper urban interface with the river. This is simply unacceptable design and City council should reject it, send them back to the drawing board. We aren't going to get the chance to "do over" this space for another 50 years. Highly disappointing.
Totally fitting with my ongoing assessment/opinion of Edmonton as the CAPITAL of bait and switch concepts... Or great ideas poorly executed... I.e. Stanley A Milner renovation, touch the water, Century Park, Fort Road, Jasper Avenue, 108 Street, North LRT to nowhere... I could keep going....
I really hope they go back to the drawing board. Give people space to enjoy and keep it simple. This area is central and well visited so give people the ability to comfortably enjoy it.
I love the design and the idea... Just not for spanning the Walker Yard. It needs a short TBM tunnel at best. A billion dollar bridge? NOPE! There's no way a short tunnel under Yellowhead/CN for max section of tunnel of what 100-200M would cost $1B even in Alberta's hyper-inflated market! That design? CLOVER BAR TRANSIT BRIDGE BABY! Along the CN ROW to Span the North Sask in east Edmonton. That's where a towering imposing iconic structure is needed now more than ever especially if you want to extend any sort of future rail service across the river since even CN's largest bottleneck in Canada is THIS SPOT!^ basically agree except for the bit about the North LRT to nowhere. Eventually, that beautiful bridge over the CN Walker railyard will be a much-loved link to Castle Downs, St Albert.
BINGO. I just want a wide, shallow terrace of stairs to access the river/sit on and watch the birds/boats go by... It just needs to happen. Nothing fancy. Just a nice open gathering space for people to access. Not that hard!I really hope they go back to the drawing board. Give people space to enjoy and keep it simple. This area is central and well visited so give people the ability to comfortably enjoy it.
I like the simplicity of a large terraced area that works well regardless of water levels and mix in a winding switchback path for accessibility.
Aka a place to meet your friends at maybe listen to a street performer, take in the view, wait for your electric river taxi... Another thing they could add is a pop up bar/cafe. When I was in NYC for my 30th (many many moons ago) this is how I celebrated the day. Whisky sours and boat/architecture tours of Manhattan... ;-)BINGO. I just want a wide, shallow terrace of stairs to access the river/sit on and watch the birds/boats go by... It just needs to happen. Nothing fancy. Just a nice open gathering space for people to access. Not that hard!