Rundle Park is the ideal place for recreational activities throughout the year. Situated in the northeast part of Edmonton’s scenic river valley, the park is filled with beautiful rolling hills, lush natural forests, man-made lakes, multi-use trails and footbridges across the river.
Originally a coal mine and gravel extraction area, it provided jobs to the community of Beverly for many years. Jacob Prins bought the lands in 1927 and used them for farming and strip mining until 1966 when it became the Beverly dump.
The Town of Beverly was annexed in 1961 by the City of Edmonton and landfill operations ceased in 1972. The land was contoured and the Rundle Park Golf Course was created in 1972 and the remainder of the land became part of the Capital City Recreation Park and opened in 1978. It is now a gem of a park which successfully balances dozens of activites within a park setting.
This is a very enjoyable walk through Rundle Park. You start off by the picnic area and playgrounds which are generally very active places for all ages. You pass by the man made lakes and the Paddle Centre and can watch people paddling around enjoying their day or watch some intense kayak polo a little further on. Further on, you'll pass through the different holes of Rundle Park's Disc Golf Course and then walk out on the Ainsworth Dyer Bridge overlooking the River Valley.
The bridge connects Rundle Park to Gold Bar Park, but also offers fantastic photo and viewing opportunities of large stretches of the river valley. This bridge is named after one of our soldiers who gave his life in Afghanistan and there is a plaque in his honour at the north end of the bridge.
Walking back, you enter the gravel trails which run along side the river the entire length of Rundle. In here you escape the hustle and bustle of Rundle and enter a more private green space with an occasional viewing of the river and picnic area. You will also meet people running, biking and walking their pets here.
As you come back onto the paved section of trail you will pass the different sports fields and activity areas that make Rundle one of the best family parks in the region. This walk takes you throughout Rundle and is a moderate walk, but well worth it.
-Bring water and some money if you want a snack at the Activity Centre.
-You can rent paddle boats at the Paddle Centre
-Bring a camera and take some pictures from the bridge.
-Walk up the connecting path towards the residential area and you'll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the bridge from a good elevation.
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