Alberta Parks Engages Students in Design Contest

Post-secondary students will have a chance to influence upgrades to the Strathcona Science Provincial Park near Edmonton.

strathcona-science-ppA design contest, titled “Imagining Harmony Park,” seeks to encourage students to design the park’s day use area to reflect a culturally inclusive environment for the use and enjoyment of all visitors, including new Canadians.

The contest is open to students enrolled in any post-secondary institution and is not limited to those in such traditional design programs as architecture, landscape architecture or urban planning. Three entries will be shortlisted and each of these individual or team entries will receive $3,500. The short list will be evaluated and a winner will be selected in April.

“Alberta Parks supports engagement and innovation to help connect Albertans and all Canadians to nature. We are providing a unique experience for post-secondary students, including new Canadian students, to influence the development of one of our popular provincial parks.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks


The 108-hectare park was established in 1979 and sits on the eastern edge of Edmonton along the North Saskatchewan River.

In recent years, Alberta Parks has focused attention on enhancing park facilities to support multiple recreation uses including hiking and mountain biking. Unique to Strathcona park is that it supports the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club, the Strathcona Remote Control Flyers Association user groups and is home to the Sunridge Ski Hill

The design contest is a key part of making the park more accessible and inclusive and supports government’s $239-million injection of funds into Alberta’s provincial parks over the next five years.

More information on the design contest is available at Imagining Harmony Park