Green Municipal Fund Commits $55,000 to the City of St. Albert for a Riel Park Brownfield Remediation and Redevelopment Plan



    ST. ALBERT, AB, Nov. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Councillor Karen Leibovici of the
City of Edmonton, representing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
(FCM), and Mr. John Williams, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-St. Albert,
today announced a $55,000 Green Municipal Fund grant to the City of
St. Albert. The grant will help the City produce an integrated remediation and
redevelopment plan for a brownfield area in city-owned Riel Park. The plan
will incorporate the goals of the City's Landfill Management Risk Strategy
with the development of more greenspace and recreational facilities at the
site in order to benefit the quality of life of the entire community.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said Councillor Karen Leibovici. "The financing and knowledge
provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more
environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
    "Sustainable communities are the foundation of a sustainable nation. And
that's a goal that we all share," said Mr. Williams. "Through the Green
Municipal Fund, our government is assisting municipalities across the country
to deliver results. Projects such as this will help to ensure a cleaner and
healthier environment for Canadians."
    Along with allowing a large brownfield parcel to be remediated into
parkland, which could be used to maintain or expand existing recreational
facilities, the implementation of the Riel Park Integrated Redevelopment Plan
will see the City's Red Willow Park trail system expanding to become a gateway
to the new Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park.
    "The City of St. Albert and its residents have always been very committed
to protecting the environment, and we're very pleased to be receiving this
funding for our project," said Mayor Nolan Crouse. "We estimate that by
following contemporary best practices for the former landfill site, we'll be
able to provide the community with at least 10 additional hectares of land for
park and recreation developments. The area is being redeveloped for outdoor
sports, such as football and rodeo events."

    The Government of Canada has endowed the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities with $550 million to establish and manage the Green Municipal
Fund. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private
sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and
climate protection.

    FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It
fosters sustainable communities enjoying a high quality of life by promoting
strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.




For further information:

For further information: City of St. Albert: Leah Jackson, Environmental
Manager, The Corporation of the City of St. Albert, (780) 459-1746, Fax: (780)
458-1974, ljackson@st-albert.net; Green Municipal Fund: Lucille Hodgins,
Manager, Community Liaison, Green Municipal Fund, Centre for Sustainable
Community Development, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6299,
Cell: (613) 447-0051, Fax: (613) 244-1515, lhodgins@fcm.ca; Natural Resources
Canada: Louise Girouard, Director of Communications, Minister's Office,
Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663; For information
on the City of St. Albert, AB, visit www.stalbert.ca; For information on the
Green Municipal Fund, including details of other approved projects and
studies, visit www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca; For information on the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities, visit www.fcm.ca; For information on
Natural Resources Canada, visit www.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca; For information on
Environment Canada, visit www.ec.gc.ca

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