Construction has begun on the Maskwôtêh Park pedestrian bridge.

This week, crews began preparing land east of the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital for the new bridge. Once built, the pedestrian bridge will connect the park to the new hospital grounds and nearby trails.

The 45-metre bridge is designed with proximity to the regional hospital in mind and will be built to carry the weight of emergency vehicles weighing up to 8,159 kg.

The playground and trails in Maskwôtêh Park will remain open while the crew prepares the site on the south side of Bear River. Once the site is ready for the bridge structure to be installed, pedestrians will be temporarily rerouted as workers lift and place the bridge.

The new pedestrian bridge is anticipated to be open to the public this fall.

The City thanks everyone for their patience and cooperation and reminds all pedestrians to obey all construction signage to ensure the safety of everyone.

This project was made possible through the federal gas tax and the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) to support active transportation, recreation, and emergency response. The City of Grande Prairie received approximately $4.9 million in funding through ICIP that supports select infrastructure projects in the City of Grande Prairie in 2021. Learn more here.