With the colder weather finally here, we've been busy building the ice for our outdoor rinks. There are two rinks at Prairie Winds Park this year. The north rink is for pleasure skating and the south rink allows for shinny hockey. Both rinks are open. Carburn Park rink will open December 22 at 11 am. The others, Bowness Park, Thomson Family Park, Prince's Island Lagoon and Big Marlborough Park will soon follow - hopefully in time for Christmas. Check calgary.ca/rinks regularly for updates.
In 1922, Calgarians looked for a way to remember those who'd paid the ultimate price in the first World War. Memorial Drive was chosen as a location, and they planted a tree for each fallen soldier along the road. It was hoped that a living memorial would bring solace to grieving families who did not have graves to visit. Along with the more recent addition of the field of crosses, these trees help honour the sacrifice Calgarians made, and serve as a reminder that peace and freedom are values that YYC and all of Canada hold in the highest.
Preserving and growing Calgary's urban forest is a team effort; we can all pitch in, and help grow a greener YYC. To make sure everyone's included, ReTree YYC's translated our handy-dandy quick reference guides into the top 5 languages spoken in Calgary other than English. When we all work together, from a shared understanding, you'd be amazed at how (and what) we can grow. Check it out, and help us ReTree YYC!