Watching new skaters test their steadiness through sheer persistence is a cheery experience come winter as outdoor rinks become available in the neighbourhood.
“I like making ice for the kids. I get a laugh out of watching them learn how to skate and the smile on their faces,” said Henry Stainthorp, rink manager at Spruce Avenue Community League (SACL), while flooding the league’s rink in November.
Continue reading Outdoor community rinks holding firm Beating the odds relies on residents’ support
The middle of the city is probably the last place you’d look for 2,000 head of cattle. But once a year for the past 43 years, November in Edmonton meant hundreds of farmyard livestock making their way to Farmfair and the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) at Northlands. This year, your chance to connect with your inner cowboy or cowgirl comes Nov. 9-13.
Continue reading Embracing agriculture with Northlands’ events Celebrating another year of hosting Canadian Finals Rodeo
Think libraries offer only books? Think again. Public library services are moving toward library patrons creating information.
Sharon Day, director of branch services and collections at Edmonton Public Library (EPL), explained Canadian libraries have experienced a steady decline in traditional paperback check out numbers each year, which in turn drives a shift in funding and staffing distributions.
Continue reading Libraries aren’t for just reading anymore Public libraries garner a collaborative maker culture
What do an iPad and outdoor exercise have in common?
Very little, according to a recent lecture I attended on how the predominance of Wi-Fi devices were turning a generation into high-frequency couch potatoes.
Continue reading Go, Pokémon, go! Free game gets youth outside Getting outdoors creates happy, healthy communities
A basketball game is starting in the Crystal Kids Youth Centre’s gym and a staff member is designating positions with six boys.
The focused and friendly energy highlights a core premise of Crystal Kids: to provide positive mentoring and individual engagement with youth. The centre’s approach is flexible within a programmed structure.
Continue reading Supporting inner-city youth for 23 years Crystal Kids has results with mentoring and harm reduction
June is Bike Month, a time when summer weather beckons us to enjoy the simple freedom of riding a bicycle.
Edmontonians in the Rat Creek area are fortunate to live in a flat, compact neighbourhood well suited for cyclists. We have a variety of local shops and tree-lined streets that make short trips for errands a pleasure. Within a kilometre of my home, I’m blessed with multiple grocery stores, restaurants and parks, plus a recreation centre and library. Visiting these places by bicycle is quick and easy.
Continue reading This summer, enjoy the benefits of biking Celebrate Bicycle Month this June with these tips
AveFest is back for more community fun on the Canada Day long weekend, where festival goers will be treated to free food and entertainment such as lawn games, crafts, face painting, a watermelon eating contest and tug of war.
“This is going to be a community event that seeks to engage the community. The idea is that we’re able to bring together different parts of the community into a festival that is designed not just for observers but for participants,” explained Arthur Dyck, festival organizer.
Continue reading Bring your sunscreen and smiles for AveFest Free festival engages community and unites neighbours
Good news for swimmers: Borden Park pool is targeted to open in late summer of 2017.
Calgary-based New Perspective Pools will build the Natural Swimming Experience pool. Built in 1920, the original pool was in dire need of a new filtration system. Rather than invest in an aged facility, a series of open houses pinpointed the need for something new. Three years ago, the idea for the first natural swimming pool in Canada was approved with input from local residents. In 2014, the old pool was closed.
Continue reading Still no pool in Borden Park this season Pool was redesigned due to budget needs
The City of Edmonton offers four outdoor pools and numerous spray parks for cooling down on hot summer days.
Two community leagues, Elmwood Park and Alberta Avenue, are diving in with memberships that provide free access to all outdoor pools. Local residents, as well as those living outside the community borders, are eligible for membership.
Continue reading Cool off in pools and spray parks this summer Have fun with affordable entertainment
Community residents have the opportunity to try out urban poling this summer and fall.
Urban poling, also known as Nordic walking, utilizes ergonomic walking poles. According to Valerie Parr, the organizer, “urban poling combines the upper body technique of cross-country skiing with the lower body technique of walking.” The exercise provides a cardiovascular workout and helps improve posture.
Continue reading Alberta Avenue offers Nordic walking lessons Explore your neighbourhood, learn a new sport, and get fit