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Winter Cities

A skating trail in Rossdale

I heard about a great 2.5 km skating trail in Etobicoke (Toronto) - it is shaped like a figure 8. It looks like great fun, and I thought that a similar trail around the repurposed Rossdale plant would be fantastic.

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47 votes
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Winter Cities

River Valley Trail System

Create and groom cross country ski trails throughout the river valley for recreation and commuting. The trails can be anchored by 'warm up' shacks and open community fire pits. These warm up shacks can be fixed assets that also offer services in the summer (bike rentals, ice cream...)

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39 votes
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Winter Cities

Safe Sidewalks

I love the idea of having lots of fabulous winter activities for Edmontonians and visitors. However, we need to have a comprehensive strategy for cleaning snow off the sidewalks. We want moms with stollers, people with mobility challenges and seniors who are afraid of falling to be able get out of their homes so that they can attend these events and participate in community life. Let's make our city as safe as possible... more »

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36 votes
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Snow hills/mounds for children

We have small children and they always climb the snow mounds where snow has been piled up next to parking lots/rinks/trails. I have noticed many other children do the same as well, and, they do spend hours climbing, sliding and jumping about on them. Maybe there is an opportunity to create snow hill mounds in various parks, Churchill Sq. for kids to play on. It would be an easy, unstructured playing opportunity with... more »

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34 votes
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Outdoor Christmas market

A lot of European cities host outdoor Christmas markets in the winter with traditional Christmas foods, hand made gifts, communal areas (e.g. bonfires/ licensed venues) and entertainment/ activities. I think an Edmonton version of this in Churchill Square would provide a much needed kick off to celebrate winter outside and downtown in the heart of Edmonton at this time of year - even if just for the business lunch crowd.... more »

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32 votes
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Red Bull Crashed Ice Race

I don't know the exact title, but i'd love to see the Red Bull Crashed Ice race here. It's currently operated in Quebec City, i believe, and it involves a downhill ice race course, with individuals competing against one another for time. We could start it at the top of the river valley, with the race concluding at river level. It draws huge crowds, is nationally/internationally marketed, and would be a huge draw!

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31 votes
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Winter Cities

Street hockey downtown

The recent Alberta Ave winter festival closed off the street for street hockey and was very successful. Could we close a portion of a downtown street that has no through access or could be closed with no real negative effect on traffic flow (e.g. portion of 102 Street N of Jasper, etc) for similar activities during the week? A week or two. Maybe even flood portions of it to get outdoor ice. There are 1000's of workers... more »

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29 votes
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Pedestrian Sidewalks, Heated Patios

Sidewalks & Public spaces - We need to pay more attention to creating inviting, public pedestrian streets and places downtown that are inviting, safe, and attractive for businesses and people. Generous sidewalks, attractive street elements, and attention paid to pedestrian crossings at intersections. Patios - Encourage restaurants and pubs to have patios year-round, including heat lamps and blankets for patrons. Allow... more »

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28 votes
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The mini muk luk

a winter aboriginal/ fur trade based outside event. Events could be things like: making a fire and boil some tea (a race) , snow shoe races, tall tales, round dance, orienteering, snow sculptures, snow soccer (Inuit used to play under the northern lights with a skin ball), snow angel comp....there is no end to the possibilities. It will bridge the urban aboriginal affairs committee with Edmontonians and build understanding!... more »

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22 votes
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Downtown Winter Light Contest

Just like we do with our homes, have businesses and office towers compete by lighting up their entrances/street fronts for Dec/Jan. Not necessarily a Xmas theme or style, but perhaps in a more artistic or creative manner to help illuminate our darkest months.

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21 votes
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