It’s only March, but it has already been a fantastic year for the Quarters Downtown. Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s been happening.
Glow Lantern Parade
Magical prehistoric sea creatures swam through the air at this year’s Glow Lantern Parade last weekend. This annual event, held by the Quarters Arts Society, lit up the sky and gave families the chance bring some whimsy to the crisp night air. Over 100 people walked along the Armature (96 Street), from Jasper Avenue to Boyle Street Plaza waving their glowing lanterns, laughing and enjoying the core.
Armature Shake-Up Festival
The first ever Winter Shake-Up Festival was a huge success! Hundreds of community residents, neighbours and Edmontonians came together to celebrate winter and have fun in the Quarters. From axe-throwing (a crowd favourite) to Crokicurl (a mix of curling and crokinole), the activities were fun for the entire family. Check out the images below, and we’ll see you at next year’s festival!
Opening of the Armature
And what made these events (and future events!) possible, was the opening of the Quarters’ signature street: the Armature (96 Street between Jasper avenue and 103A Ave). The Mayor, members of City Council, City administration, neighbours, and Hyatt Place staff were all on hand to cut the giant ribbon.
What’s next for the Quarters?
Soon, the Downtown Bike Network will wind its way along 96 Street (Edmonton’s first green street). Plus, Kinistinaw Park has begun consultation, with construction set to start in 2018. And construction has kicked off on Valley Line LRT, which will soon connect people in Mill Woods to the core.
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