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The City is looking at opportunities to enhance child-friendly options in the Civic Precinct.

The City has the vision to create a vibrant, connected, safe, sustainable and welcoming city for all citizens. Edmonton recognizes that a city that supports children is better for everyone. The Child Friendly Edmonton Initiative works with children, families and community organizations to welcome and involve children and youth to promote their well-being and build a child-friendly city.

Edmonton’s Civic Precinct encompasses City Hall Plaza, Sir Winston Churchill Square, Stanley A. Milner Library and Centennial Plaza.

Project Update - October 2020

This child-friendly project is a collaboration between the Edmonton Arts Council, local artists, the Child Friendly Edmonton Initiative to involve children living in Edmonton in ways to use art to incorporate playful, child-friendly components within the Civic Precinct.

Two locations in the Civic Precinct will include public art pieces that encourage play. These pieces will be installed during the construction of 2 projects in this area.

1. East Gardens - east side of Churchill Square

2. Centennial Plaza - south of Stanley A. Milner Library

The final design for the permanent public child-friendly artwork explores the idea of connection through a set of 2 sculptures that evoke both nature and whimsical imagery. The sculptures complement each other and connect the 2 spaces. The installation as a whole is colourful, vibrant, joyful and has play elements to invite children to climb, balance, explore and imagine within the artwork. 

Child-Friendly Public Art Project Timeline

2021-2022

The new child-friendly public art pieces will be constructed and the installation will be coordinated with the construction timelines of the Civic Precinct Surface Renewal Project - Phase 2 and the Centennial Plaza Redevelopment.

2020

June-December
Design and planning continued.

April-July
The vision statement guided the artists to create a design for 2 separate but related works of art in Centennial Plaza and the East Garden.

December 2019-March 2020
The project team and artists established a vision that will guide the design of this artwork, using the information from engagement, considering technical requirements and evaluating using art selection criteria.

2019

November
One concept was selected and detailed design started.

September-October
Three art concept ideas were presented to the public and stakeholders. Feedback will refine and prioritize the initial ideas. What We Heard

July-August
Consulted with children to gather their perceptions and idea of public art. These focus sessions informed the creation of project art concepts.

Fall 2018

Gathered information through public engagement to advise on activities and themes regarding child-friendly opportunities in the Civic Precinct.

What We Heard Report

What are Child-friendly Elements?

Child-friendly elements are features that have been intentionally created and placed for children of all ages to use, play and interact with. Child-friendly elements could include, but are not limited to: 

  • Play structures

  • Surface designs

  • Interactive seating

  • Public art

Principles of child-friendly design strive for everyone to think about how can we engage children meaningfully, co-create accessible, welcoming and inclusive spaces and rethink the role of our urban public spaces with children in mind. 

By thoughtfully designing and providing opportunities where children of all developmental stages, and their families, can interact and participate in multiple types of play, we create vibrant and inclusive public spaces.

Project History

Public Engagement - September 2019

Thank you for coming out and providing your feedback at the pop-up engagement opportunities on September 14, 2019. With the feedback gathered during the engagement, the City, the Edmonton Arts Council and the artists will finalize 1 preferred option to include playful, child-friendly art in the Civic Precinct.

For More Information

Open Space Planning and Design

Email openspaceplanninganddesign@edmonton.ca

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