On July 2, 2012 , Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre will close for regularly scheduled maintenance. The facility is scheduled to reopen on October 1, 2012. The City of Edmonton is committed to providing our recreational users with quality facilities. Regular maintenance ensures our facilities are safe, secure and clean for our patrons to fully enjoy. Please feel free to continue your fitness and recreation activities at a neighbouring City of Edmonton recreation centre. Privileges are dependent on pass type and annual passes will automatically be upgraded to the next highest level. Schedule and program information is available in the E-Active Recreation Guide, by calling 311, or online at www.edmonton.ca/recreationcentres . We apologize for any inconvenience.
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The Mill Woods Recreation Centre fitness centre will open to the public on Monday July 23, 2012 at 5am. The arena and seniors activities centre are fully operational but the pool will continue to remain closed until further notice. The City closed the entire facility after the basement flooded with approximately 5 feet of water during a severe storm on July 12, 2012. Repair crews are working diligently to repair damage to electrical and plumbing equipment located in the mechanical room in the basement. These systems play an important role in ensuring the water quality of the swimming pool. The City is working to get the pool reopened as quickly as possible. Information about facility openings and closures is available online . You can also subscribe to receive updates by email or RSS . The City of Edmonton apologizes to the public for any inconvenience that has been caused by the unscheduled closure.
Experience the excitement and pageantry of the 2012 Capital EX Parade . On Thursday July 19, 2012 the streets of downtown Edmonton will be teeming with more than 100 parade entries, including new floats, marching bands, horses and antique cars. This year’s parade will begin at 11am (an hour later than in previous years) at 99 Street and 102 Avenue. Pre-parade activities will begin along the parade route at approximately 10am. Parade Day parking and road restrictions Edmontonians who work in the downtown area are reminded about parking restrictions and road closures on parade day
Feel the rhythm during Music at Muttart’s Latin Flare at the iconic Muttart Conservatory. Featuring talented musician, Marco Claveria , don’t miss out on this unforgettable summer evening event. Date: Thursday July 19, 2012 Time: 6-9pm Location: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 – 96A Street Admission: regular admission (at the door). Please note this event has limited capacity and seating, so arrive early to ensure you don’t miss out. Latin artist Marco Claveria will fill center court with a summer beat that will have your toes tapping. Marco’s music, in the setting of the lush pyramids, will make the evening feel like a tropical paradise
Start your 2012 Indy with an autograph session with 4 Indy drivers at City Hall. Does Indy driver, Takuma Sato, have a pre-race ritual? Ask him yourself and get his autograph too. Indy drivers Takuma Sato, Oriol Servia, James Hinchcliffe, and Justin Wilson will be coming to City Hall to meet with racing fans and sign autographs. Date: Wednesday July 18, 2012 Time: 4-5:45pm Location: City Hall, City Room (main floor) Come to City Hall to welcome the Indy drivers to Edmonton and listen in during the media conference to learn more about why these drivers have the need for speed. Stick around and ask the driver a question of your own during the autograph session. The Edmonton Indy takes place July 20-22, 2012
The City of Edmonton has officially unveiled its colourful new balloon for entry in the Capital Ex parade . The balloon, simply titled “ Us ,” was designed by local company Artsmith Communications and manufactured by Fabulous Inflatables based in Windsor, Ontario. When inflated it’s more than 33 feet long, 14 feet high, 22 feet wide and weighs 120 pounds. The balloon can be inflated with both helium and cold air. “This beautiful piece of public art captures the spirit and energy of our city,” said Councillor Kim Krushell. “It celebrates much of what makes Edmonton a great place to live.” The design, which profiles Edmonton’s River Valley, City Hall and our Northern Lights, was chosen through a jury selection process in consultation with the Edmonton Arts Council. Criteria for the design included that it highlight the city’s cultural diversity, recognize the contribution of Edmonton’s original residents, make an artistic statement and be representative of the city. “To see our design come to life like this in such a dramatic format is amazing,” said John Smith of Artsmith.
Council approves schematic arena design City Council approved the schematic design for the proposed downtown arena and reaffirmed a budget of $450 million for the arena, setting the stage for the project team to continue to evolve the designs so that a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for construction can be secured. The team expects to return to Council early 2013 with more detailed (60% completed) designs and the GMP, which must be approved by both Council and the Katz Group before construction can begin. Council receives city centre development update An update was provided on the City Centre Redevelopment project including a presentation of the proposed plan by consultants, Perkins+Will. The plan showcased how the site could be transformed into a leading sustainable community featuring a well-developed transportation network, innovative infrastructure, a variety of housing options and world class amenities. A report presenting the cost and revenue forecasts and the proposed phasing for development will be submitted to Council for August 29, 2012 with the full plan expected to be before Council in late 2012.
Mayor Stephen Mandel joined developer Prem Singhmar to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new upscale hotel in The Quarters Downtown. Located at 96 Street and Jasper Avenue, the 250,000 square foot hotel will be 12 storeys tall and feature 3 levels of underground parking. There will be main floor commercial space for boutiques and restaurants.
Responsible Hospitality Edmonton gets grant City Council approved $35,000 be granted to Responsible Hospitality Edmonton to fund continuation of 3 to 4 temporary bathroom facilities for Jasper Avenue until the beginning of November 2012. Council approves development of draft speed reduction pilot project policy Council approved that draft policy be developed to enable neighbourhoods to apply to City Council for speed reduction options. Administration is currently working with the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues and local school boards to develop procedures for a Speed Reduction Pilot Project Policy. Council honours City employees Council recognized 2 City of Edmonton employees for their leadership in empowering some of Edmonton’s inner city communities. Kris Andreychuck, a social worker and member of the City’s Neighbourhood Empowerment Team (NET), and Harry Oswin, Director of Neighbourhood and Community Recreation, were recently recognized as Men of Honour by the Centre to End all Sexual Exploitation, as those who act in meaningful ways to foster respect, encourage healthy relationships and create positive opportunities for people in Edmonton. Valley Zoo Vet recognized Dr. Milton Ness has been caring for the animals at Edmonton Valley Zoo since 2007. As the zoo’s veterinarian, he has an extensive background in zoo practices, exotic animals and veterinary education. Ness was honoured by City Council for his outstanding communications skills and his achievement as winner of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association’s Communications Award for 2012, which recognizes individuals whose activities enhance the image of veterinarians.
The City of Edmonton and the Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 First Nations have entered into a formal agreement that will strengthen their working relationship and set the foundation for further cooperation and dialog. July 6, 2012 will go down in history as the day Mayor Stephen Mandel signed a Memorandum of Cooperation and Dialog with Grand Chief Cameron Alexis and Vice-Chief Stanley Lagrelle of the Treaty No. 6 First Nations to strengthen professional ties between the First Nations and the City. Signing took place at the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation annual traditional powwow on the north shore of Lac St. Anne. “Today’s signing signals our mutual dedication to evolving the relationship between the Treaty 6 First Nations and the City of Edmonton in a manner which is consistent with the mutual respect we feel and based on our commitment to growing avenues of cooperation and communication,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “The Memorandum of Cooperation and Dialogue acknowledges the special relationship, rich in history and culture, between the City of Edmonton and our First Nations community, and speaks to the optimism we share for our future opportunity and success we will explore together.” Edmonton lies within the territories of the Treaty No. 6 First Nations. The signing of this document is an historic first in Alberta with a municipal government establishing a relationship with territorial First Nations representatives.