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Churchill Square

The city seems to put a lot of effort and resources in building shiny new things to replace old run down things, but not much effort into maintaining them, so they also become run down very quickly.
Sounds like a municipality's version of being house poor.
 
I wonder how many millions of dollars the city spends on upkeep. I wonder how much is wasted removing graffiti, fixing broken street furniture, picking up garbage strewn all over the place, repairing damaged bus shelters and fixing all the damage from all the other sorts of vandalism we see in the city. I think we need to place the blame where it belongs. It belongs to all the creeps and losers and meth heads etc that vandalize and ruin all the attempts the city makes to beautify the downtown.
 
Reopened Centennial Plaza creates vibrant public space downtown​

June 28, 2024

Media are invited to join the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages of Canada, Mayor Amarjeet Sohi, Councillor Anne Stevenson and community partners for the unveiling of the newly designed Centennial Plaza. Located in the heart of our downtown, this revitalization project has transformed Centennial Plaza into a more attractive, welcoming and accessible destination for Edmontonians and visitors.

With decorative lighting elements, art installation and new seating areas, Centennial Plaza will bring colour and vibrancy into our downtown core.

Date: Tuesday, July 2
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Centennial Plaza (Behind the Stanley A. Milner Library)

An Indigenous-led land blessing will open the media event, with programming and park space activation to follow.​
 
It's likely too late for this year's summer festivals, but I'm wondering if this plaza can be utilized for Churchill Square events such as Taste of Edmonton, Cariwest, etc starting in 2025?
 
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So I am guessing that the daycare playground on top of the south structure is not happening.
 
New Centennial Plaza to add colour and vibrancy in the heart of downtown​
July 2, 2024

The City of Edmonton’s newest downtown transformational project, Centennial Plaza, is now open to welcome residents and visitors into an attractive, family-friendly and accessible space.

Located in the heart of our downtown, Centennial Plaza was designed as a gathering place filled with colour, art installations and play areas. As part of Edmonton’s Civic Centre, which also consists of City Hall, Sir Winston Churchill Square and Stanley A. Milner Library, the Plaza will host year-round events and activities.

“The City of Edmonton is transforming our downtown by creating vibrant, connected, safe, and welcoming spaces for everyone to enjoy. Centennial Plaza will offer a fun, accessible and engaging outdoor space for Edmontonians and visitors to gather and spend time in the heart of our city,” said Mayor Amarjeet Sohi. “Beyond creating beautiful spaces, a clean and attractive downtown helps create jobs, enhance tourism and strengthen the economy in our city.”

“Congratulations to the City of Edmonton and all the partners involved in today’s opening of Centennial Plaza,” said the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, who was also on hand for the opening. “With summer just getting underway, now is the perfect time for Edmontonians and visitors alike to enjoy this unique attraction and other nearby spots offering up festivals, fun and food in the heart of our city’s downtown.”

The redeveloped space supports a variety of year-round features, including:
  • Child-friendly design that encourages unstructured play
  • Built-in seating and gathering spaces
  • Public art pieces that evoke imagination and encourage play
  • Animated light installations
  • Accessible green spaces that feature trees, shrubs and perennials

Construction of Centennial Plaza began in 2022. Planning, design and construction of the project cost $17,382,893. This project was made possible thanks in part to $529,875 in federal funding provided by PrairiesCan through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund. The Fund supported projects to revitalize downtown cores, outdoor spaces and green infrastructure.

“Centennial Plaza will contribute to downtown Edmonton’s vibrancy and serve as a welcoming attraction for residents and visitors,” said the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan. “Our government is proud to have partnered with the City of Edmonton on this and other community-led projects that are revitalizing public spaces for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy for years to come.”​
For more information:
edmonton.ca/CentennialPlaza

Media contact:
Melissa Lovatt
Director, Communications and Engagement
Urban Planning and Economy
780-719-0544​
 
Question - the little public 'park-ette' with the clocktower in front of the Westin was delayed more than 5yrs to be done as part of this project due to membrane work and potential scope/cost-savings.

Was it not done?

If not, that's really, really disappointing to see/hear.
 

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