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.

Winter city

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Campaign: Winter Cities

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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Ski Trail Grooming

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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

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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

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Campaign: Winter Cities

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!

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Campaign: Winter Cities

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

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Campaign: Winter Cities

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

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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

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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

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Campaign: Winter Cities

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

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Campaign: Winter Cities

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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Colour, colour and more colour

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Campaign: Winter Cities

The new design for the downtown area has come out. It may just be the format of the drawings but the building is grey and silver, just like the downtown art gallery. We are a winter city with white snow, grey roads/sidewalks and yellow/brown "grass" for more than a third of the year. Let's at least try to add colour to any new buildings/structures that go up. The contrast on a cold, clear winter day would be striking. ...more »

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'Light up the League'

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Campaign: Winter Cities

How about a program that provides free strings of LED white lights to interested community leagues to light up either their buildings or trees ? it adds such a festive look to community parks and buildings during low light conditions. it could be an event each league could champion to encourage volunteers in a community based beautification effort with a 'welcome to winter' message.

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WinterCityIdeas

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Edmonton’s winter can be tough on anyone. All it takes is one week of forty below and most people are done. For those with wealth just take the next jet south. Vegas anyone? What Edmonton needs is a Wellness Park. Put the Muttart Conservatory, Europa from WEM, Bonniedoon Hot Tub, Sand’s Motel from Hawaii, Wellness Medical System in a Blender and what you have is a smoothie. What you would call a spiritual booster ...more »

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Cross Country Skiing!

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Campaign: Winter Cities

We're a great winter city, so just wanted to write in support of the cross-country ski culture. With an internationally-acclaimed event like the Canadian Birkebeiner (the only Canadian one, and only one of a handful in the world!), Edmonton is in an enviable position to support cross country skiing. Here are some specific ideas: - Support the Birkebeiner Ski Festival as one of Edmonton's official winter festivals ...more »

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Ice Rink Bridge across the North Saskatchewan

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Campaign: Winter Cities

I would like to propose a new pedestrian bridge across the North Saskatchewan river between the High Level bridge and the Walterdale bridge.

This would be an ice rink bridge in winter with amenities such as cafes on either side. In the summer it could be used for family/sporting activities/festivals etc.

Funding for this bridge would in part come from sponsorship for naming rights of the bridge.

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Adding colour to the winter landscape with murals

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Campaign: Winter Cities

Every time I take the LRT over the North Sask. River, I think it sure would be lovely if the city would commission an artist to create colourful murals on the drab, grey concrete pillars of the High Level Bridge. Not too detailed, maybe slightly abstract.

City commissioned murals could be incorporated into the city's percent for art program on new builds - a program originally spear-headed by Jan Reimer.

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Annual ski through the River Valley

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Have an annual cross-country ski event through the river valey from Goldbar Park to say Whitemud Creek making use of existing ski trails where possible, then use walking & bike trails where no trails exist. The route would go via Riverside Golf Course, Kinsmen, Emily Murphy & Hawrelak Pk. This ski would not be a race but a chance for skiers of all abilities to enjoy the beauty of our riiver valley in winter. People ...more »

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Snow on Goldbar ski trails when there's no snow!

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Campaign: Winter Cities

Cross country ski is an healthy, inexpensive and easy sports for all ages. Edmonton has a great cross country ski community. However, last few years have been difficult for many due to lack of snow. It would be great if Goldbar has a snow making system that we can extend the ski season longer and consistent. There are already hundreds people using the trails at Goldbar, but lately it's been very disappointing. We don't ...more »

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Giant Snow Maze

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Campaign: Winter Cities

What if we dumped a bunch of snow into Commonwealth Stadium and made a giant snow maze? It could be a family attraction, something to bring people out of the house on warm (or cold) winter days and get some exercise! Plus it could be a way to utilize the snow that gets removed from our streets for something fun!

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Winter Park

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Campaign: Winter Cities

Designate Hawrelak a winter park that becomes the hub for all the outdoor activities and leads into trail system. Build family-friendly toboggan runs off the hills leading into the park, offer dogsledding in parts of trails, hayrides, outdoor curling rinks, figure skating part of current skating rink and put up bleachers and dome and have skating shows ; nightime lights; bonfires and activities and use amphitheatre area ...more »

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