Kiyām Community Park

The community of Fort McMurray has invested a significant amount of capital as well as community volunteer participation in projects, programs, services and initiatives as part of a strategic approach to revitalizing their downtown area.

Part of this downtown revitalization is being sparked through the creation of a park for inter-generational use at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Main Street. The driving goal is to “create a safe park space with unique features that stimulates all senses, tells our community story, and draws people to the area year-round.” This is the basis for success.

The multi disciplinary team lead by 818 studio engaged in conversations with stakeholder groups, rightholders, downtown businesses, and service organization all of which was supplemented by online engagement. What our team heard, echoing the community goals, was that the park should be accessible, provide opportunities for small business spaces, include a water feature, and, especially, offer diverse opportunities for winter activities.

Incorporating an extensive site analysis and the engagement feedback, the 818 studio team undertook an extensive programming review and conducted a design charrette, developing two concept options for the park. These options were illustrated for both winter and summer use. The team subsequently presented these options to the invested stakeholders, and sentiment was for a combination of the two, so the final park design blended the most-loved elements of each option.

The team prepared detailed construction documents and executed and extensive capital costing exercise, refining the final concept to balance budgetary requirements with desired programmatic elements. The project has been tendered with construction slated for the 2021 season.

story telling elements features the local history of the area

communicate 'look and feel' of the design in a playful and friendly way


Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo


To be completed in 2021


Fort McMurray, AB


Urban Design