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    Edmonton’s WinterCity Strategy Earns National Award for Innovation and Leadership


    July 16, 2014

    The City of Edmonton has won an award for its leadership in planning excellence, innovation, and implementation potential. The award, presented by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), honours Edmonton’s WinterCity Strategy in the category of City and Regional Planning.

    “It is an honour for the City of Edmonton to be recognized for its leadership and for thinking differently,” said Councillor Ben Henderson. “The WinterCity Strategy is about working together as a community to embrace winter, to take advantage of the assets of the season that make us special as a city, and to take our place as a world-leading city.”

    The CIP works on behalf of 7,500 planning professionals nationwide. The award was presented at the 2014 annual conference of the CIP and the Atlantic Planners Institute (API) in Fredericton.

    In 2011, the City of Edmonton began developing the WinterCity Strategy, a unique concept that sets out to transform Edmonton into a great winter city. This initiative embraces winter as part of our northern identity and supports innovative urban design to address the opportunities that all four seasons provide. Edmonton's WinterCity Strategy is a community-led project that is co-chaired by Councillor Ben Henderson and Simon O'Byrne, Vice-President of Planning at Stantec.

    This award helps build momentum for the 2015 Winter Cities Shake-up Conference, being held in Edmonton in January 2015. Urban planners and designers, municipal leaders, community organizers and entrepreneurs from around the world will be gathering in Edmonton to share best practices and brainstorm new approaches to help winter cities be more livable, attractive and exciting.

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    Headed over to a winter city workshop on urban design, place-making, design, architecture, way-finding etc.

    This is another portion of the winter city strategy.
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    Updated website, schedule, programming.

    Get the word around!

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    Dear all,

    This coming January, Edmonton will take its place on the world stage of winter cities as host of the Winter Cities Shake-Up - an international conference on making winter way cooler!

    The Winter Cities Shake-Up (www.wintercitiesconference.com) is an international conference on all the ways we can improve the quality of life in winter cities. It’s an opportunity to share best practices, think outside the box, and network with delegates and speakers from winter cities around the world. The conference will take place January 28 – 30, 2015. It’s also a great occasion to showcase Edmonton’s leading edge winter initiatives: from cold-climate construction to urban planning, and from internationally recognized winter festivals to our city’s award winning WinterCity Strategy.

    We hope you and your organization will help us in getting the word out, by inviting those that you believe would be interested to join us as delegates! There’s more information below, and also at www.wintercitiesconference.com. As well, please feel free to contact [email protected] for further promotional materials, or with any questions that you might have.

    Regards,

    What is the Winter Cities Shake-Up?
    Winter Cities Shake-Up 2015 is a conference for people who live in winter cities and want to improve their communities’ quality of life year-round, but especially in the winter. For three days in January 2015, international experts in many areas, including designers, artists, and civic leaders, will gather in Edmonton, Canada to present findings and share experiences in one of three areas:
    T Winter Fun - there are lots of outdoor activities that can bring in all types of people - even those who think they'd rather hibernate in winter. Find out how to program inviting, accessible activities and try some of them out yourself.
    T Winter Design - explore how we can plan and design our cities so that streets and public places are warmer, more fun and easier to get around in during winter months.
    T Winter Business - from companies that are finding great economic value in locating to a winter city, to how people are marketing the cold season as one of their community's greatest assets, discover how winter economies can hold great untapped potential for urban centres.

    When and Where is the Winter Cities Shake-Up?
    January 28-30, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at the Shaw Conference Centre

    Who Should Attend the Winter Cities Shake-Up?
    Anyone interested in winter urban life. Urban planners and designers, community members, architects, artists, entrepreneurs, government, business people, academics; this is an interdisciplinary conference that takes a holistic approach to all the great things winter has to offer. We've invited more than 400 guests from many different countries, and have speakers coming from Finland, Denmark, Japan, the United States and Canada. If you live in Edmonton and want to take in just some of the conference, you can register for one or two days only.
    To register for the conference, go to: http://www.wintercitiesconference.co...-accomodation/.

    For more information on the following components, please visit the corresponding links:
    T Edmonton’s WinterCity Strategy: http://www.wintercitiesconference.com/about/
    T Program: http://www.wintercitiesconference.com/program/
    T Registration & Accommodation: http://www.wintercitiesconference.com/registration- accomodation/
    T Sponsorship Opportunities: http://www.wintercitiesconference.com/sponsors/
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    If I was proactive I'd go get my skis tuned up now so I'm ready to hit the mountain on a whim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post

    Massive ‘impromptu’ snowball fight to happen in Edmonton
    http://globalnews.ca/news/1662305/ma...190d696536ddee

    The Make Something Edmonton project is called #yegsnowfight. How it works is people who want to participate in the fight submit their phone numbers to the organizers. Then, when the timing is right and the weather conditions are perfect, organizers send out a text message with the location and time. The announcement will also be made on Twitter, using #yegsnowfight.

    More than 100 people have already signed up for the text message announcement.
    If you want to be alerted when the snowball fight happens, email your phone number to [email protected]. Also keep an eye on #yegsnowfight on Twitter.
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    Warming hut idea could thaw Edmonton's frozen pedestrians
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    I had an idea that was spawned from reading that.

    I wonder if the city/parks dept has ever considered creating a few separate outdoor rinks at the Kinsmen Pitch & Putt to activate the space during the winter months. One for small kids, another for just skating, and maybe 1 more with a couple nets for shinny.

    Rent snowshoes, cross country skis, etc. from the 'clubhouse', which is completely off-grid, and open it up. There are great views of downtown/bridge/legislature, and it could even be a venue for things like snow sculptures and that type of stuff. There's a parking lot there that could be used for food trucks (thinking hot chocolate/soup/etc.)

    Throw a few warming huts in the mix and it's a winter destination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex.L View Post
    I had an idea that was spawned from reading that.

    I wonder if the city/parks dept has ever considered creating a few separate outdoor rinks at the Kinsmen Pitch & Putt to activate the space during the winter months. One for small kids, another for just skating, and maybe 1 more with a couple nets for shinny.

    Rent snowshoes, cross country skis, etc. from the 'clubhouse', which is completely off-grid, and open it up. There are great views of downtown/bridge/legislature, and it could even be a venue for things like snow sculptures and that type of stuff. There's a parking lot there that could be used for food trucks (thinking hot chocolate/soup/etc.)

    Throw a few warming huts in the mix and it's a winter destination.
    Sounds more like a temporary festival to me. We have two large ice surfaces for skating super close to the Kinsmen already. Hawrelak and Victoria Parks both have skating surfaces and are minutes away from the Kinsmen. Perhaps some extra resources to improve those first. Neither one is so busy that more people can't go and enjoy the grounds and accompanying amenities.

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    How about a friendly #yegdt crane #xmas light competition? @PCLConstruction @LedcorGroup @WestrichPacific #Pagnotta #WinterCity #yegcc #yeg

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    ^yes please
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    Quote Originally Posted by etownboarder View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex.L View Post
    I had an idea that was spawned from reading that.

    I wonder if the city/parks dept has ever considered creating a few separate outdoor rinks at the Kinsmen Pitch & Putt to activate the space during the winter months. One for small kids, another for just skating, and maybe 1 more with a couple nets for shinny.

    Rent snowshoes, cross country skis, etc. from the 'clubhouse', which is completely off-grid, and open it up. There are great views of downtown/bridge/legislature, and it could even be a venue for things like snow sculptures and that type of stuff. There's a parking lot there that could be used for food trucks (thinking hot chocolate/soup/etc.)

    Throw a few warming huts in the mix and it's a winter destination.
    Sounds more like a temporary festival to me. We have two large ice surfaces for skating super close to the Kinsmen already. Hawrelak and Victoria Parks both have skating surfaces and are minutes away from the Kinsmen. Perhaps some extra resources to improve those first. Neither one is so busy that more people can't go and enjoy the grounds and accompanying amenities.
    Yes, both have busy, wide open and wind exposed ice surfaces. This could be smaller, with a more casual feel. Think strings of lights in the trees, maybe hay rides, a smaller tobogganing hill option for kids, etc.

    You're right though, what I'm describing does sound like more of a festival. It could be extended through the season though...

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    You better not cry, you better not pout: Santa Claus indoor mall parade cancelled
    Outdoor parade a possibility next year
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/...925/story.html

    Saying that interest in the holiday procession was dwindling, the city’s Downtown Business Association quietly scuttled the event after last year’s 26th installation.

    “Some things just get past their time, and we finally reached that point,” Jim Taylor, executive director of the downtown business group, said Tuesday evening. “Participation had been fading for the last three years and we finally came to the conclusion that it wasn’t going to be feasible anymore.

    “The parade was very labour-intensive and expensive to put on and it had got hard to get new entries. What happened is pretty simple. It was a combination of things.”
    The association is mulling the possibility of replacing the event with an outdoor parade perhaps as early as next year. It has been studying the cost and logistics involved with Toronto’s annual Santa Claus Parade, and Vancouver’s similar holiday fete. Both are only able to take place with the backing of major corporate sponsors.

    “We haven’t abandoned the idea of seeing an outdoor parade,” Taylor said. “We think it may be feasible, but there was no way possible that we could do it this year. But that very well may be a better fit.”
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    Unfortunate, but perhaps past due.

    I like the idea of an outdoor parade or even outdoor celebration.... ahem centred around a winter market.
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    A Santa parade leading up to the Churchill Square tree light-up is a no-brainer if you ask me.
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    Seeing that the C2E peanut gallery has taken over the other thread, just wanted to ask this here:
    Taylor hinted that corporate sponsorship may be needed for an outdoor Santa parade. If one is not found, maybe this is something Northlands could take on?
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    Push on for outdoor Santa Claus parade. Would you go? (with Poll)
    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and he used to parade down Jasper Avenue in Edmonton
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/...475/story.html
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    January 28 - 30, 2015
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    An international conference that will shake-up preconceptions about how we plan, design, live, work and play in winter cities.

    An International Affair

    The Winter Cities Shake-Up is a unique opportunity to meet and network with delegates and experts from around the world: urban planners and designers, entrepreneurs and business people, artists, cultural and community organizers, and other brilliant people who live, work and play in winter cities.

    The Conference offers you a chance to learn from and brainstorm with like-minded people on best practices and new approaches and to share experiences and learnings about the quality of life in winter cities.

    Join us in Edmonton this January for presentations as well as innovative and informative field trips and activities that will inspire you to thrive in and love your winter city.
    Conference Highlights

    Keynote Speakers

    Helen Marriage, Artichoke
    Mikael Colville-Andersen, Copenhagenize Design Company
    Terry O-Reilly, Canadian Broadcast Producer and Marketing Guru

    Program
    Presentations and panels by experts from winter cities around the world
    Field trips throughout Edmonton for hands-on experiences
    Invigorating outdoor activities with the November Project for early risers
    VIP Winter Festival for delegates
    WinterCity Shake-Up Festival and Market in Edmonton's Churchill Square
    Pre and Post Conference Activities
    Bison Tour at Elk Island National Park, Tuesday, January 27, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Skiing and Snowboarding at Snow Valley, Tuesday, January 27, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Starlight Bike Ride to the University of Alberta Observatory, Thursday, January 29, 7:20 pm to 9:00 pm
    Fun with Snow Sculpting and Winterscaping, Friday, January 30, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
    Wacky Winter Challenge at Miquelon Lake, Friday, January 30, 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
    Tour Through the River Valley with Walkable Edmonton, Friday, January 30, 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
    Cross-Country Ski at the Victoria Park Nordic Ski Loop, Friday, January 30, 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    Sign up for these activities when you register for the Conference. Each optional pre or post-conference activity is an additional $15.

    For more information on all Winter Shake-Up speakers, our program, registration, accommodation, and other details, please visit www.wintercitiesconference.com.


    Early Bird Registration

    Registration for Winter Cities Shake-Up is open and our Early Bird rates are available until December 19.

    Click here to register for the conference and the additional activities available before and after the conference!

    Your registration includes:
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    Access to all conference sessions and a choice of one field trip
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    Explore Edmonton

    You can start exploring our winter city now at Explore Edmonton!
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    #yegsnowfight ‏@yegsnowfight 44m44 minutes ago
    #yegsnowfight tomorrow noon @ Kinsmen Park. Family friendly. Bring a can for foodbank. We assume no responsibility. Play safe. Pass it on!
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    Cricket club being used as warming hut in Victoria Park. Awesome.

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    Winter city drink competition round 2!

    http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/201...s-with-prizes/
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    So awesome!

    Skiing to work becomes an option for south-side residents


    BY ELISE STOLTE, EDMONTON JOURNAL D

    EDMONTON - A new group of neighbourhood ski enthusiasts in the south is about to score its first big win — a 10-pair locking ski rack at the Century Park LRT station.

    The custom welding is done. They’re just waiting for a few more pieces in the mail and the rack will be available to let southsiders ski on their commute or go shopping one stop north at Southgate Centre.

    It means freedom, regular exercise and a chance to avoid the mad scramble to get a parking stall at Century Park before it fills up at 7:05 each weekday morning, said co-founder Michelle Jehn, a provincial employee who bikes to the LRT twice a week during the summer.

    “All of a sudden winter comes and I have to put the bike away. This is great. This is a great idea,” said Jehn. The one-year old informal crew organized through social media designed the rack themselves and built it with a $1,000-grant from the area community leagues.

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    ^Happy it went through! Neat way to change how people interact with their commute and winter.
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    Winter Cities: By the Numbers

    The Winter Cities Shake-Up is an international conference on shaking up preconceptions about how we plan, design, live, work, and play in winter cities. It's a conference for urban planners and designers, entrepreneurs and business people, artists, cultural and community organizers, and people who live in winter cities and want to take advantage of all winter has to offer.

    Did you know that over 3.5 days, we'll have 60 presentations, 9 field trips, 30 market vendors, and more?

    Check out our latest blog post on all that's included for your registration fee - this is a package you don't want to miss!

    For more information on Winter Shake-Up speakers, our program, registration, accommodation, and other details, please visit www.wintercitiesconference.com.
    Early Bird Deadline is Friday, December 19!

    To experience all of the action, register before December 19 and take advantage of our Early Bird rate! Other great non-profit, student and regular registration rates are also available right up until the conference.

    http://www.wintercitiesconference.co...al-and-market/

    WHEN DEEP WINTER SETS IN, EDMONTON WILL SHOW THE WORLD WE KNOW HOW TO PARTY OUTSIDE!

    ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, FOLLOWING THE WINTER CITIES SHAKE-UP! CONFERENCE, DOWNTOWN EDMONTON WILL BE TRANSFORMED FOR THE 1ST EVER WINTER SHAKE-UP! FESTIVAL AND MARKET, AND IT'S FREE TO ALL CONFERENCE DELEGATES AND EDMONTONIANS!

    Shop local at our city's first outdoor winter market with over 40 vendors
    Roast marshmellows at fire pits
    Enjoy hot chocolate, mulled wine and other warm drinks in the family friendly beverage garden
    Take in stunning indoor and outdoor live entertainment and displays by local talent
    Create your own winter art
    Enjoy MANY MORE incredible activities
    JOIN US ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 30 FROM NOON UNTIL 8 PM IN EDMONTON'S CHURCHILL SQUARE AND EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC THAT IS ONLY POSSIBLE IN A NORTHERN CITY.

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    You ask me, I think there's more meetings on Winter City Strategy than actual things to do in the winter! LOLZ
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    So awesome!

    Skiing to work becomes an option for south-side residents
    Good for them and all but how does one ski across major intersections? Won't they destroy their skis?

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    City to ‘shake up’ ideas about winter
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    BY SARA MAI CHITTY, EDMONTON JOURNAL JANUARY 12, 2015 6:52 PM
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    Is the C of E's council chambers being carpet bombed with stupidity? What is this crazy idea of a Freezeway. Please, no more of this money wasting chit. I have never heard it out of anyone's mouth that they would love to be able to skate to work.
    What a waste of money it would be. Then there is the issue of maintenance. Then the issue of fools skating without helmets who are more than likely going to go head long into a light pole or city garbage receptacle. It's bad enough bike lanes holding traffic up but Freezeway's sound like another way of ticking the population off. City councillors have a case of brain freeze on this one.
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    Freezeway is NOT a City Council initiative. It is one citizen's idea via Make Something Edmonton
    http://www.makesomethingedmonton.ca/...er-matt-gibbs/
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    ^Isn't the Make Something Edmonton committee funded by the C of E.?. Sitting around dreaming up schemes to infuriate people. Freezeway, cripes how old are these people thinking about these things, 11. Like a bunch of kids sitting around saying 'Hey, it would be real cool if we could skate to WEM' or 'Hey, it would be real cool if we could swing from tree to tree to WEM' or 'Hey, it would be real cool if we could parachute into WEM' all at the C of E's expense. I don't care who dreamed up the concept of a Freezeway but I hope it never comes to fruition. It would be about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike.
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    I feel like a lot of people don't understand MSE's role here. They're basically just a website where people can upload ideas and projects. They also provide help (contacts, guidance, etc) to 'makers'. Make Something Edmonton isn't funding anything. They are simply providing support to an engaged citizen to see their individual vision become reality.

    All city council has to do is say no.

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    We know Make Something Edmonton is not funding anyone. If they think this dumbasz Freezeway has any merit they will go about wasting money studying it to death. I'm sure they are not sitting on this committee getting paid stale peanuts. Let's make this assignment longer by looking into the viability of it. Tell you what, if you want to Make Something Edmonton don't make it a Freezeway that maybe 4 drunks might use one night when they are loaded.
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    Again, I've never read anything stating that they're studying it. The city might, if they see merit in it. Considering the projects on the docket and the budget, it's probably going to remain a pipe dream.

    There have been dozens of make something projects that have been successful. This one, like the snowball fight, has caught the attention of the media and with that comes uninformed opinions, snap reactions, and people looking for someone to call stupid. In this case, that appears to be Make Sonething Edmonton even though they are simply a supporter.

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    UofA Winterfest

    http://alumni.ualberta.ca/events/centennial/winterfest#


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    A Spectacle of Light, Fire and Snow
    January 29 – 31, 2015
    University of Alberta, North Campus

    We're kicking off our yearlong celebration of our 100th anniversary with an incredible weekend of winter fun and wonder. See what happens when we bring together talented artists, wondrous exhibits, and amazing performers for a magical festival on campus.

    Everyone is Welcome
    Bring your friends, family and neighbours along with you to see a winter spectacle like no other.

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    It's our party and you're our guests. Come enjoy the best winter has to offer on us.

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    ^Gunna be wild. Another great initiative with our City's brightest, youngest minds. Edmonton is lucky it can say no to a lot of bad ideas... it's a lack of ideas is when you have a problem.
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    Winter city shake up conference and events almost here...

    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/...069/story.html
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    Excellent opening night at the Winspear, over 400 registered... 275 was the goal.

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    Excellent read from 2 great folk.

    Winter trip to Scandinavia helps couple see the light

    By Elise Stolte, Edmonton Journal January 2

    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/...366/story.html
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    Follow the conference @WinterCities or #WinterShakeUp on Twitter.
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    Excellent turnout and speakers. Helen Marriage at the moment, fantastic. Field trips this afternoon.
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    I hear the party in Churchill will happen just in time for the temps to start nosediving! Have fun!
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    It's winter, dress for it and enjoy a fire or warm beverage.
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    Wired Magazine - The Not-So-Crazy Plan to Build an Ice-Skating Highway Through Edmonton

    http://www.wired.com/2015/01/edmonto...y-ice-skating/
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    Don't miss the one-day Winter Cities outdoor festival and market today noon-8 at Churchill Square!
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    Too cold outside! *** runs away ***
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    Went at lunch.

    Tons of kids, went on the toboggan slide, had a hot apple cider by the fire while listening to some live music and then walked the little shops that were there. It will look great at night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenSPACE View Post
    Wired Magazine - The Not-So-Crazy Plan to Build an Ice-Skating Highway Through Edmonton

    http://www.wired.com/2015/01/edmonto...y-ice-skating/
    If you look at the pictures in that article the project is accidents looking to happen. How many people are going to go headlong into those trees and lamp pools. It would be a nightmare waiting to happen. What city would take that one. Sure it looks lovely but it's not practical in any way. Then to compare it with the Rideau Canal which is a lot wider with no obstacles is a bit bogus. What would be practical and look lovely is a walking trail with the trees lite up all the way up from sundown to sunup. Forget the skate path, make it a walking path.
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    Just a reminder that this year's Flying Canoe Adventure/Canoë Volant is Feb. 6-7: http://www.thecityoflight.ca/

    I missed last year's installment, but am really looking forward to checking it out this year.

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    Also Illuminite tonight and tomorrow along with Latitude's parka patio tomorrow night.
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    ^ So much fun! Still smell like camp fire from Shake-up and free baylies and coffee and whisky too
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    Edmonton puts too much effort on festivals--We should be vibrant everyday.

    Metro Edmonton - Omar Mouallem

    "Variations of this message recurred throughout the festival: Vibrant cities, like most of us want, like those to which we vacation, aren’t built around special occasions. "

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    Flying Canoe Adventure was fantastic tonight -- and it seemed very well-attended to my eye. So glad I made it out to celebrate our Franco-Albertain and Aboriginal culture, as well as the beautiful Mill Creek ravine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesL View Post
    Flying Canoe Adventure was fantastic tonight -- and it seemed very well-attended to my eye. So glad I made it out to celebrate our Franco-Albertain and Aboriginal culture, as well as the beautiful Mill Creek ravine!
    Went out there as well.

    Great again and weather was a lot easier to deal with than last year. Big crowds out this year and the word of mouth is sure spreading on this event. Really well put together and fun. Definitely getting more popular. Only drawback is the website really needs some work. For instance entertainment at Cite was by ticket only. Not free as in past years. They could at least mention that somewhere on the website.

    Only annoying thing was all the sleds. Some of the trails are narrow and the amount of sleds was making walking around them pretty hard. Doesn't help that the people pulling them had next to zero regard for running over anybodies feet, or just blocking entire trails positioning their sled across trail like a superstore shopping cart.

    Would have preferred the jig tent to be more music and less instruction At one point they spent 10minutes explaining a dance instead of actually playing anything. Kind of detracts from atmosphere and people just left to look at other things.

    Haha, that aside very good festival.
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    http://www.silverskatefestival.org

    The Silver Skate Festival is a 10-day, family-oriented festival running February 13-22, 2015 in Edmonton's scenic river valley. Rooted in Dutch winter traditions, the festival combines sport (especially skating), arts and culture, and recreation. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, the Silver Skate Festival is the longest running winter festival in Edmonton. Over the years, it has grown in leaps and bounds, from a small skating event to a large-scale, winter extravaganza. Last year, more than 70,000 visitors came out to play.

    Each year, the festival transforms Hawrelak Park into a winter wonderland with fun for the entire family. Here, you'll discover breathtaking snow sculpture, winter sports, and horse-drawn sleighs carrying families through the park. Sit in a Cree Winter Camp and cook bannock over an open fire. Compete in the Winter triathlon or speed skating events.Meet a team of sled dogs. Take in live music and theatrical performances with your friends and loved ones. Our festival activities are as diverse as the people who call our Northern community home.
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    Cold temperatures persist over much of North America this week. But rather than just trying to survive the winter, one Canadian city is trying to turn it into an asset.

    With an average temperature of -12C (9.5F) in the heart of winter, and home to seven city-owned outdoor skating rinks, Edmonton, Alberta is no stranger to the cold.

    Unlike other cities in the US and Canada that have banned activities such as tobogganing because of insurance costs, Edmonton has no such laws.

    Now the city is considering flooding an 11km route for residents to commute through the city on skates.

    It's called the Freezeway. Organisers are planning a pilot project for as early as next winter.

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    Defrosting Design
    CITY’S NEW DESIGN GUIDELINES CAN MAKE DOWNTOWN WINTERS WARMER

    BY OMAR MOUALLEM
    FROM THE WINTER 2015 ISSUE

    “For the Love of Winter” sounds like something you’d get in your Christmas stocking, but it probably wouldn’t fit. At 152 letter-sized pages, the City of Edmonton’s draft of winter design guidelines is, by some experts’ estimates, the most comprehensive in the world. When council inevitably approves a version of it in 2016, it could help shape our architecture and public spaces for decades to come.

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    Upcoming Events
    We haven't had a dump of wet, sticky snow yet, so there's still time to get in on #YEGSNOWFIGHT! Sign up now to get the inside scoop.

    Daily until December 31
    Celebrate the Season at the Alberta Legislature

    Saturdays in December until Christmas
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    December 10 - 21
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    December 11 - 30
    Christmas Reflections @ Fort Edmonton Park

    December 11 - 31
    Candy Cane Lane Watch for the roaming hot chocolate squad on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings until Christmas!

    December 12
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    Love the idea/project, horrendous title D.S.

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    January 1, 12 - 4
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    Anyone wanting to watch the Winter Soltice :

    December Solstice (Winter Solstice) is on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 9:49 PM in Edmonton. This day is 9 hours, 35 minutes shorter than on June Solstice. In most locations north of Equator, the shortest day of the year is around this date.

    Here is the best locations to go for an unobstructed view, although it will be dark. Unless you are just going to dance naked and howl at the moon.

    http://sztanko.github.io/solsticestreets/
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    Ice castle in Hawrelak Park opens Dec 30
    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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    Looking forward to skiing over and checking it out.
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    The Freezeway near Victoria Park is now open
    https://twitter.com/The_Freezeway
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    Nice write up in the National post about the ice castle. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/ca...st-in-edmonton
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    Victoria today for a skate, a freezeway and a tour of the new pavilion.

    Freezeway is a great idea, but 400m was half or a third of what it needs to be and the quality of the ice was down due to use, a good problem to have. Can't wait to try it at night with the lanterns.

    Pavilion is fantastic, also overflowing today, but generally about a perfect size.

    Toboggan day tomorrow.
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    There must have been two hundred at Gallagher, great to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    Victoria today for a skate, a freezeway and a tour of the new pavilion.

    Freezeway is a great idea, but 400m was half or a third of what it needs to be and the quality of the ice was down due to use, a good problem to have. Can't wait to try it at night with the lanterns.

    Pavilion is fantastic, also overflowing today, but generally about a perfect size.

    Toboggan day tomorrow.
    Dylan (Toymaker) George is the artist and company that does those lanterns. They really give off beautiful reflections. They're owning winter. Such beautiful applications and this art is a treasure to have here. They also do the Flying Canoe festival and U of A winter festival for years.

    Can't say enough positive things about the work. This lighting art makes winter nights wondrous in our berg.

    http://dylantoymaker.net/toybox/

    https://newtrail.ualberta.ca/feature...ghting-the-way

    He is right, the lighting installations really do alter perception. His work and philosophy is fascinating.
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    Beautiful at night, just went. PACKED, more than yesterday somehow. Fire pits, families, lovers, friends... it was spectacular.
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    Tobogganing 2016

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    Edmonton family hit with $100 fine for pond-skating rink.

    That’s one reason an Edmonton woman is upset the city blocked her family’s attempt to create a pond-skating rink for New Year’s Eve where they planned to celebrate the night in the fresh winter air.
    Morgann Tomlinson said her husband, Brian, climbed the chain-link fence in late December and shovelled snow off a 200-square-metre section of Poplar Lake behind their Klarvatten home.
    Information he gleaned online indicated rinks are permitted on storm-water runoff ponds, she said.

    He then spent about $250 buying more than 30 metres of hose so he could flood the makeshift rink and ensure the ice was smooth before a few couples came with their children for a New Year’s Eve party.
    They never got to use his homemade shinny palace. Around 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, two park rangers summoned by a neighbour shut it down, writing her husband a $100 ticket for modifying land in a way likely to cause injury.

    Coun. Dave Loken, who represents the area, said he hasn’t heard of a similar complaint by a constituent before and doesn’t know the details of the case.
    He agreed safety is the city’s top concern, saying people can use other outdoor rinks in parks such as Hawrelak Lake and the Victoria Oval.
    However, he plans to look into the reasoning behind the rules to see if anything should change, such as possibly opening more ponds to skaters if residents are willing to take care of them.
    “It’s a fun thing to do in a neighbourhood, especially in a winter city. It’s perfectly logical for people to want to do that.”

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    Seems some people don't embrace a Winter City Strategy, a nosey neighbor and two park rangers (who could have handed out a warning) or checked to see if the area was save to skate on. Glad to see Councilor Loken being very open minded about it. I think he gets it that it's a good idea for people to get out and do these types of things in neighborhoods. There is a lake rink beside me and I have seen kids skate on it year after year without it being shut down. Then again, a nosey neighbor can reek havoc on people having fun.
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    Chain link fence? Doesn't sound like a regular stormwater pond.

    Upon reading the article it's some sort of designated wetland, which I assume has different rules.

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    Unfortunate, but the City wants to limit liability... same thing with toboggan hills or say snowmounds.
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    It's not a liability issue, they're dicking around with a environmentally sensitive area that's been set aside.

    From http://www.edmonton.ca/city_governme...plar-lake.aspx
    Poplar Lake, also known as Klarvatten Wetland, is a productive and diverse wetland that supports many wildlife species, particularly waterfowl. The presence of open water, cattails and upland habitat makes the site an excellent location for waterfowl to nest, feed, and rear their young. Many birds also make a stop at this lake to rest and feed during their long journey between their winter and summer breeding grounds. The fringe of willow between the lake and 82nd St. as well as a small clump of aspen trees, rose, and native grasses in the northeast corner provide some habitat for upland species.
    Yeah, screw this family. It's literally the first google result for "poplar lake Edmonton", "klarvatten lake Edmonton" or "klarvatten wetland Edmonton". It's amazing that they put zero thought into what they were doing beyond their own wants & desires.
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    ^both come into play here.
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    The other use cases that the family pointed out (snowshoeing, toboggan pulling & a cleared off section of natural ice) didn't include adding a quantity of chloraminated tap water to the sensitive wetland. That's the difference to me & the crux of my issues with these pinheads. They flooded the rink for themselves without thinking about how their actions would affect a protected area.

    Ignorant selfish ********.
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    The irony is that nearly every stormwater lake or wetland habitat in Edmonton area has a makeshift "skating rink" where some kids or families removed the slow providing bare, low quality ice to skate on. A person could drive around the city and take pictures of 20 such skating areas all of which are used.

    This family actually wants to go the extra mile and provide a quality skating surface and that's not allowed...

    This City specializes in stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
    The irony is that nearly every stormwater lake or wetland habitat in Edmonton area has a makeshift "skating rink" where some kids or families removed the slow providing bare, low quality ice to skate on. A person could drive around the city and take pictures of 20 such skating areas all of which are used.

    This family actually wants to go the extra mile and provide a quality skating surface and that's not allowed...

    This City specializes in stupid.
    Or they could go the extra mile to a pond that isn't a designated wetland.

    In reality, this guy wanted a rink 50 ft from his house and showed no regard for the conservation area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Replacement View Post

    This family actually wants to go the extra mile and provide a quality skating surface composed of water that's treated to kill the sorts of microorganisms a protected wetland ecosystem needs to thrive and that's not allowed...
    FTFY.

    Remember, the Great Divide Waterfall had to be shut down partially because it wasn't safe to aerate untreated water nor was it environmentally sound to dump treated potable water into the river.

    The pinhead wanted to create a safe skating rink for his kids, the work of the city to protect the wetlands be damned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
    The irony is that nearly every stormwater lake or wetland habitat in Edmonton area has a makeshift "skating rink" where some kids or families removed the slow providing bare, low quality ice to skate on. A person could drive around the city and take pictures of 20 such skating areas all of which are used.

    This family actually wants to go the extra mile and provide a quality skating surface and that's not allowed...

    This City specializes in stupid.
    I live in what in Edmonton is known as The Lake District Area. There are a fair number of lakes that are man made storm water lakes. Each year all of these man made lakes support wild life in the way frogs, migrating birds (geese) and on a year round basis they have ducks in them and other pond critters. They also have reeds, speciality grass and assorted pond fauna. Now, I know of two man made lakes (for sure) each year get areas brushed of snow to make way for skating. What this family did was no different to what is done on the man made lakes I mentioned. I hazard a guess that a lot of man made lakes in Edmonton that house all kinds of wildlife get the same treatment each year for people to skate on them. I have know doubt that the natural lake these people tried to use bounces back every year as soon as the snow/ice melts. The ducks and geese will be none the wiser.
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    AS far as the chlorinated water concern lets keep in mind this would be a small amount of water introduced to the ice surface. I would think much larger quantities of chlorinated water are introduced as run off from lawn sprinkling, car washing, or run off from any of the usual adjacent large residential properties that almost always have lawns sloping down into whatever reservoir it is.

    I'm not convinced the chlorine is the reason why the city would shut this down. Properly more the concern is insurance liability if anybody gets hurt.

    The main thing here is some neighbor reported it so the city is fairly obligated at that point to do something.
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    Runoff goes to to other stormwater ponds in the area. Also, there is a rink in the neighbourhood. This story really just boils down to the people being selfish and wanting their own rink steps from their door.

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    I know where the wetlands are that this couple wanted to skate on. I should imagine once a suitable developer comes along with the magic $ number the C of E wants for the land it will be 'kiss that wetlands goodbye'.
    It's Canada for cripes sake. It's what people like to do, skate on a backyard pond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex.L View Post
    Runoff goes to to other stormwater ponds in the area. Also, there is a rink in the neighbourhood. This story really just boils down to the people being selfish and wanting their own rink steps from their door.
    I'm merely replying that the Chlorinated water introduced is not the cited problem. The COE shut this down due to cited health concerns varying from any injuries that could occur in use of this and including injuries or casualties due to possibility of thin ice in a wetland habitat where vegetation may be rotting under the ice and producing some heat.

    This is specifically what the city is citing if people read about it.
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    I know where the wetlands are that this couple wanted to skate on. I should imagine once a suitable developer comes along with the magic $ number the C of E wants for the land it will be 'kiss that wetlands goodbye'.
    It's Canada for cripes sake. It's what people like to do, skate on a backyard pond.
    All of you naysayers should step down from the cross as we need the wood.
    Theres several Edmontonians that have large backyard rinks on properties bordering the river, ravines, and with runoff from that which would definitely go into waterways.

    Of course these being residents that have yards large enough to have full sized NHL rinks and 1 percenter incomes million buck residences, large property tax levies and connections..Those are good ol boys

    nobody ever says boo about chlorine leaching from those. Probably nobody has the nerve to nimby report those either.

    I'd like one instance cited where somebodies back yard ice rink (bordering waterways) was shutdown for similar chlorine concerns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex.L View Post
    Runoff goes to to other stormwater ponds in the area. Also, there is a rink in the neighbourhood. This story really just boils down to the people being selfish and wanting their own rink steps from their door.
    I'm merely replying that the Chlorinated water introduced is not the cited problem. The COE shut this down due to cited health concerns varying from any injuries that could occur in use of this and including injuries or casualties due to possibility of thin ice in a wetland habitat where vegetation may be rotting under the ice and producing some heat.

    This is specifically what the city is citing if people read about it.
    Fair enough. I've cleared an actual stormwater pond in my neighbourhood in the past and had no issues at all, which makes me think the classification of this particular body of water played a role here. I guess we'll see when I clear it this year. If I get a ticket, though, I won't be complaining to the media.

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    Apologies if my personal issue with the pinheads got conflated with the City's official response.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini View Post
    I know where the wetlands are that this couple wanted to skate on. I should imagine once a suitable developer comes along with the magic $ number the C of E wants for the land it will be 'kiss that wetlands goodbye'.
    It's Canada for cripes sake. It's what people like to do, skate on a backyard pond.
    All of you naysayers should step down from the cross as we need the wood.
    Theres several Edmontonians that have large backyard rinks on properties bordering the river, ravines, and with runoff from that which would definitely go into waterways.

    Of course these being residents that have yards large enough to have full sized NHL rinks and 1 percenter incomes million buck residences, large property tax levies and connections..Those are good ol boys

    nobody ever says boo about chlorine leaching from those. Probably nobody has the nerve to nimby report those either.

    I'd like one instance cited where somebodies back yard ice rink (bordering waterways) was shutdown for similar chlorine concerns.
    It sure is a dog eat dog world. It like shutting down a kids lemonade stand because they don't have a business permit. The couple in question seemed to know what they were doing (like all the other people in Canada who do this in the winter). I can guarantee that those wetlands will be teeming with critters when the summer roles around. If the guy is using tap water to flood that pond then the fauna will be O.K. After all, most of us drink city water and we have survived year after year.
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    Canadiana is not an excuse for potentially messing up a specifically protected area.

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    ^Yeah, and being a miserable old coot is no excuse either. http://bewitched.wikia.com/wiki/Gladys_Kravitz
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    I agree, to an extent.

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    The recent controversy is linked to a $100 ticket handed out just before New Year’s Eve. Resident Brian Tomlinson checked online — where the city had forgotten to update its information — and saw skating on storm-water ponds was allowed. He started to clear and flood a small rink on Poplar Lake, a fenced, environmentally sensitive wetland, and was stopped by park rangers. He was fined under the Parkland bylaw.
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    C of E did not have current info in regards to skating on storm water ponds when Brian Tomlinson made skating rink for kids. Hopefully the $100 fine he received gets thrown out.
    On another note, if you can read the whole article. It appears the C of E does not mention the flora and fauna and critters that frolic in the summer sun but more of the dangers of thin ice in certain places on the ice. In fact, there is a study being done about it.
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    Interesting. Well they should reverse the ticket in that case. He still should have known it was a sensitive ecological area though, considering he lives next to it.

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    ^Well the C of E did not stop people from skating on it before 2012-2013, and when they put the signs up it was because of thin ice in places where they did not expect them. All the eco warriors up in arms about someone putting tap water (the kind we drink) in it and messing in the bull rushes is strictly bull. I have seen kids skate on ponds year after year and in the summer year after year life returns to those ponds, be they man made or natural. The frogs return, the birds return the plants come back. Let's face it, the kids that are going there to skate and play shinny hockey are there to do just that. After they have done whatever they are doing they just want to get home and warm up It's not like they are going to dig up the snow to pull the grass out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini View Post
    ^Well the C of E did not stop people from skating on it before 2012-2013, and when they put the signs up it was because of thin ice in places where they did not expect them. All the eco warriors up in arms about someone putting tap water (the kind we drink) in it and messing in the bull rushes is strictly bull. I have seen kids skate on ponds year after year and in the summer year after year life returns to those ponds, be they man made or natural. The frogs return, the birds return the plants come back. Let's face it, the kids that are going there to skate and play shinny hockey are there to do just that. After they have done whatever they are doing they just want to get home and warm up It's not like they are going to dig up the snow to pull the grass out.
    Those are not specifically set aside as ecological zones though. My rationale for the 'Eco-warrior' line of thinking is that I've seen rinks built on ponds in the city, and when a somewhat unexpected warm spell hits, people are not able to retrieve nets and other equipment before the ice is too thin to go out on. So while a little bit of tap water is probably no big deal, the pucks lost in the snow, nets, benches, etc that inevitably end up on local ponds are nothing to brush off. Those things could very easily have an effect on the ecological zone.

    That's not even taking into account that the snow that has been shovelled into piles takes longer to melt, which could affect migration patterns. Usually not a concern, but again, in most cases we're not talking about a wetland specifically set aside and home to various species of birds and 'waterfowl'.
    On the other side, the rink that has been shovelled off will definitely melt ahead of the rest of the pond, leading to an open body of water that would usually be frozen for a few days/weeks longer. Don't tell me that has no effect on the plant life underneath.

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