Louise McKinney Park Features Chinese Gardens
Louise McKinney Park is the gateway to Edmonton’s river valley parks systems connecting trails throughout the city. It connects to Dawson Park to the east and Henrietta Muir-Edwards Park to the south. The Park has 2.5 kilometres of trail suitable for families to walk or cycle.
Adjacent to downtown Edmonton, and immediately south of the Shaw Conference Centre, the 12.9 hectare Louise McKinney Riverfront Park has 500 metres of unobstructed river view, making it a picturesque venue for special events and water activities, including access to the Edmonton River Queen.
The Park features the Millennium Plaza/Shumka Stage, a meeting place and performance venue for music and dance, an Oval Lawn for events and sports, a horticultural walk, a Trans Canada Trail Pavilion linking the nation-wide trail system, the Capital Health Trail connecting the Park to the Riverfront Plaza and Promenade, a winter shelter with washrooms for cross-country skiers and park patrons, a public dock, a café, and Chinese Gardens.
The Chinese Garden in Louise McKinney Riverside Park is undergoing a major redevelopment that will see the construction of a new Tang dynasty gate and 12 replacement zodiac animal statues to replace the current statues that have been damaged by acts of vandalism. The total cost of the redevelopment is $1.3 million. Money for the project has come through fundraising efforts by the Chinese Garden Society as well as contributions from the City of Edmonton. The project is slated for completion over the next few years.
The Park is named for Louise McKinney, one of the “Famous Five” group of women who strongly influenced politics and social life in Canada in the early 1900’s. She was the first woman elected to government in Canada in 1917.
Louise McKinney Park has accessible paths, washrooms and dock; however, there is limited accessibility for picnic sites and gardens.
9999 Grierson Hill Road NW
Park Hours: 5 am - 11 pm