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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.

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.

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. Information will be shared by the end of 2019.

Child-Friendly Public Art Project Timeline

November 2019

One concept will be selected. Detailed design will begin and the finished child-friendly art pieces will be incorporated into the Civic Precinct Surface renewal project and the Centennial Plaza Renewal project.

September-October 2019

Three art concept ideas for the Civic Precinct will be presented to the public and stakeholders. Feedback will refine and prioritize the initial ideas.

July-August 2019

Consulted with children to gather their perceptions and idea of public art. These focus sessions informed the creation of art concepts for the Civic Precinct.

Fall 2018

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

Child-Friendly Civic Precinct What We Heard Report

For More Information

Open Space Planning and Design


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