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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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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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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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Winter Cities

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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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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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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Winter Cities

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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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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Winter Cities

Aboriginal / First Nations Festival

I’ve always thought that this city needs to properly celebrate its first nations heritage. My idea would see a large festival, a massive central teepee city, and presentations by indigenous thought leaders from around the World. Think TedX meets Heritage Days, housed in warmed but winter styled event facilities in Churchill Square, Fort Edmonton and the Rossdale lands. Include local educational aspects for school children, ...more »

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Hot Beverage Vendors along river valley trails.

At certain spaced intervals along the most popular river valley trails, let vendors sell hot apple cider, hot chocolate, or other non alcoholic hot beverages to river valley hikers, walkers, snowshoers, cross country skiers, etc.

I often hike in the river valley during the winter and have always wished I could get a hot drink to

warm me up halfway through my hike instead of always having to bring my own beverage.

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20 votes

Winter Cities

Edmontons New Neighborhood Guidelines

The city is working on new neighbourhood guidelines. On pg 19 of the Winter City report it notes: "The City of Oslo acknowledges that planning for snow removal must happen as early as the road design phase; roads need to be designed to have somewhere for the snow to go without affecting traffic flow. One of the most effective ways to plan for this is to include boulevards between roadways and sidewalks." Edmonton’s ...more »

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Winter Cities

Skating Trail down the River Valley

I propose that we follow in Ottawa and Winnipeg's footsteps and build a large and long skating rink down the North Saskatchewan River.

We don't need to try to break the world record but we could make a massive skating rink that thousands could enjoy. There could be live music, food vendors, and warm up shacks/change rooms along the way for those cold days.

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Winter Cities

IglooFest

Dance Party in your one-piece Ski Suit? Already hosted in Montreal - This should come to Edmonton. We have the promoters to do it and already attract big name DJs / Electronic Artists! IglooFest: "You are invited to the kingdom of the igloo where you are promised the best artists of the electronic scene, a unique and compelling architectural scenography, a hilarious contest snowsuit "one piece" and an electrifying atmosphere ...more »

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