Winter Cities

What would make you fall in love with winter in Edmonton? We already have several great winter festivals and lots of outdoor activities. But we want to build on these and transform Edmonton into a world leading winter city; one where urban design reflects our northern climate, where snow and ice are used as resources and where public spaces are vibrant, inviting and comfortable places to be even on cold days.

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New Year's Eve Edmonton

How about welcoming in the New Year by dropping a large replica red maple leaf from a 100 foot height in the last seconds of the year in Churchill Square.

Could become an iconic image from Edmonton.

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Encourage all weather personnel to present temperature information on a positive note till the temperature is colder than -20. Telling audiences a -15 weekend temperature is 'horrible' does not encourage Edmonton's citizens to enjoy the beautiful white outdoors.

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Stop Sanding Everywhere

Let's come up with innovative ways to prevent cars from slipping without the use of ugly sand.

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Ski Trail Grooming

In the past, the trail connecting the Goldbar and Riverside Golf Course ski trails used to be groomed so that one could ski between both areas. The connector trail was very popular. Now the connector trail is plowed limiting its use only to foot traffic. If the connector was groomed for sking it could be used by foot traffic and skiers as it was in the past. Grooming the connector would cost no more than plowing it, ...more »

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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Edmonton has the flare and the local artists to join Scotiabank's Nuit Blanche International Network of contemporary art around the world. In recent years, cities from around the world draw new artists, curators, institutions, and local businesses into this twelve hour long escapade. The success of summer events like the Fringe, Edmonton is surging with artists of all genres. With the expansion of the LRT, upcoming RAM, ...more »

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Winter Music Festival

The greatest parts of Edmonton in the summer are the festivals. Why not attract tourists by creating a major music festival similar to Coachella or Lollapalooza. Something that people can really associate with Edmonton and lets people see how beautiful our city can be in the winter.

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Chalet Village!

Imagine going for a skate down at Victoria Oval or Hawrelak Park, then throwing your skates over your shoulder and hopping on a bus to head down to Churchill Square, 104th or Whyte. On the bus (or at the bus stop) you are provided with a cup of hot chocolate to warm you up on the trip. Once at Churchill Square you step off the bus and see that there's a band playing on a temporary stage, there's a small outdoor market ...more »

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Layer the current festivals more effectively

Edmonton has many great winter festivals that really hit the mark on a few things, but never really bring it all together to make the big splash. Metropolis had the hype and extended timeframe, Yukigassen had the edge, WinterLight had the heart, and Freezing Man had the trendy fun. All of these festivals were on the right path, but sadly now are gone. If we want to make Edmontonians fall in love with winter we need to ...more »

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More Birdfeeders

To encourage more cheerful cuteness in the urban environs right through the depths of winter is simple: Put up a birdfeeder and look into a heated birdbath. A maintained central birdfeeding station with: - one Blue Jay feeder - one Finch and Chickdee feeder - one Sparrow feeder - a few heated birdbaths - display panels about how to attract the different birds oneself, and how to keep birds safer from windows and ...more »

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EDMONTON WINTER STRATEGY

Edmonton should have a festival in the Winter that will rival that of the Ottawa Winterlude and Quebec's Bonhomme Carnival combined. Hawrelak Park would make a great location for this, with close proximity for all Edmontonians, and within walking distance to other nearby River Valley Park events. A Winter Triathlon would be a must during this week.

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Winter Cycling

Edmonton should further maintain cycling paths in the winter. As an avid cyclist it is often difficult to get from one point to another in the city during the winter due to poor trail and road maintenance. This forces cyclists to use major arteries such as Whyte ave as a transport corridor. More education on cyclist rights and signing on Whyte ave would also be beneficial to combat aggressive behavior by drivers.

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Entertainment Centre in city centre airport land

With a translucent style similar to the Khan Shatyr in Astana (http://www.khanshatyr.com/pages.php?l=01) to allow for natural lighting and appropriate geothermic temperature control during all four seasons. It would great to house restaurants, winter themed stores etc, in conjunction with the tobogganing hills, skating areas and parks either in the city centre airport lands or somewhere in the river valley in conjunction ...more »

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