Leisure

In Loving Memory: A Gentle Reminder to Keep Off the Ice

Four new dog sculptures were designed and installed in memory of the pets that are no longer with us due to thin ice and high water levels in Edmonton’s parks. You can see a sculpture for yourself i...

Pet Safety in Edmonton’s Off-Leash Parks

The City’s off-leash areas allow dog owners to enjoy quality bonding time with their pets and can provide both with a number of physical and social benefits. However, as the weather begins to warm u...

Get Your Skate On!

There’s no doubt, Edmontonians have a passion for ice. For many, a pair of skates is as much of a wardrobe staple as a good pair of blue jeans and an Edmonton Oilers jersey. Luckily for those living...

Satisfying an Appetite for healthy food choices

Last year, City of Edmonton recreation centres and pools received more than eight million visitors. As these facilities continue to flourish as important social spaces, the City is committed to helpin...

Edmonton’s newest Downtown destination!

While the funicular may be the most attention grabbing and unique part of the Mechanized River Valley Access, the project is about so much more! Mechanized Access will create a new destination in our ...

Training helps new lifeguards stay focused

Recent expansion in the number and magnitude of the City’s swimming pools has resulted in a major re-focus in the approach to lifeguard training. “It used to be that pools were all rectangular and...

Simple snow solution $aves

The way that Marcus Boutilier and his Crew Leader Nick Kohler helped the City of Edmonton avoid spending thousands of dollars for sportsfield snow removal equipment was so simple, it was downright ele...

Pool water you could drink? Yep!

Put a visionary, a high-energy steam engineer and a ‘geek’ lifeguard together, give them a few years and a modest budget…and what do you end up with? How about what could be the finest quality s...

Feeling Welcome at Rec Centres: More than a Front Desk Smile

When Caitlin Davis and her team of recreation facility front counter team leads took a formal inventory of their intercultural development, the results were…okay. “But okay isn’t good enough,”...

Behind-the-Scenes with City Staff on The Amazing Race

When Erika Droessler, Education Programs Coordinator for the Edmonton Waste Management Centre was asked to give a tour to two people who wanted to shoot a tourism video, she wasn’t too surprised. Af...

Lifeguard recruiting and training streamlined

One of the biggest human resource challenges in running 20 top-notch public swimming pools is maintaining a complement of well-trained lifeguards. A new, centralized approach to hiring, training and m...

Bug hunting at the Muttart: a grower’s love

In what turned out to be a perfect metaphor for the rest of his life, Gerard Amerongen planted his first carrot seed when he was 12. “What that tiny little seed turned into was just stunning to me,...

African safari dream led to lifetime physical challenge

When Alix Steward approached her two friends to come along on their African safari holiday, in the bargain she got the toughest physical challenge of her life. “What I didn’t fully appreciate at t...

Blatchford: Connecting to Healthier Lifestyles

Moving a little more goes a long way when it comes to staying healthy. With research showing how an inactive lifestyle is related to everything from heart disease to cancer to mental health issues, Ca...

Poinsettias: A plant for the season

As you read this, hundreds of poinsettia plants are nestled together in a Muttart Conservatory greenhouse. If you saw them in September or October, you might not recognize them. Though poinsettias do ...

Who’s got your back?

You’ve planned an exciting night out. It’s 1 a.m. The music is blasting. You’re surrounded by a crowd. You’re having the time of your life. But are you aware of what’s going on around you? A...

City Neon Museum ‘just the beginning’

Edmonton’s prize-winning Neon Sign Museum is growing, but its first downtown location is just the beginning! Many people assume that city planners spend most of their time focused on the future, but...

2014/2015 Green Shack Update

Green Shack Success The Green Shack program, a free neighbourhood based recreation program that provides fun, active opportunities to children during July and August, will continue indefinitely with h...

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