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July 10, 2007 | General

Edmonton — Aircraft enthusiasts of all ages can now comfortably get the best view of aircraft taking off and landing at the new Edmonton International Airport View Park.

Located at the Leduc and District Chamber of Commerce Tourist Information Centre at 6420 – 50 St., Leduc, the EIA View Park is east of QE II Hwy. and Runway 12/30 (southeast/northwest). The location is ideal because aircraft are still very low in their ascent or descent as they soar over the park.

The EIA View Park is equipped with permanent picnic tables, a waste receptacle, a paved stone walkway and access to the adjacent visitor information centre. An interpretive display allows aircraft enthusiasts to identify some of the most commonly seen aircraft at EIA and overviews the storied history of Canada’s fifth busiest and fastest growing international airport.

“Edmonton Airports is strongly committed to aviation education and heritage and the EIA View Park provides visitors and residents alike with a welcoming new area to observe the power and wonder of aviation,” says Reg Milley, Edmonton Airports President and CEO.

Edmonton Airports constructed the park and the Leduc and District Chamber of Commerce donated the land.

“We often see people viewing the planes from the park and it’s becoming a popular lunch destination during the warm weather,” says Iris Yanish, Chamber Manager. “It’s a great way to learn more about the aircraft we see every day and to introduce young people to the joys of aviation.”

Edmonton Airports’ vision is: To be the North’s preferred gateway to the World, and the World’s preferred gateway to the North.