MacDonald Island Park wraps up community engagement

MacDonald Island Park is preparing for the next step in its proposed expansion project after bringing its most recent community engagement process to a close on Thursday.

The community engagement process got underway on April 16 and included 12 in-person sessions facilitated by MacDonald Island Park Chief Operating Officer Tim Reid. Feedback, comments, and votes were submitted both at the aforementioned sessions and online at

Overall, 601 feedback forms were submitted by community members. Of those submissions, 86% of participants selected Concept B, or full project build-out, while 12% of participants chose Concept A. Neither Concept A nor Concept B was selected by 2% of community engagement participants.

“We’re hopeful that we’re well on our way to meeting our project goals: Namely, the ability to meet the needs of today and tomorrow in a manner that’s consistent with a community-based approach that will deliver a world-class development in our downtown,” said Nick Sanders, Chair of the MacDonald Island Park Board of Directors.

Based on information gathered from community engagement, a recommendation will be made to the MacDonald Island Park Board of Directors. If the Board of Directors approves the recommendation, it will initiate a final design price review in consultation with Architecture: ATB, 360 Architecture, Clark Builders and Turner Construction Company.

From there, the Board of Directors will present to Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council in June.

“The feedback from the community was tremendously positive,” said Reid. “It was vital to press pause and engage with the public on the progress we’ve made together since the last time we held consultations last September. What we’re hearing is people are excited to see the project become a reality.” 

Complete information on the results of the community engagement sessions, including comments, is available at

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