What: A former industrial area that has been redeveloped to promote outdoor activity in both summer and winter – important in a northern city like Winnipeg.

Why it Works: This community place is used year round for gathering and recreation. In the summer there are concerts and markets and lots of greenspace. In the winter, once the river is frozen, the City prepares the ice for ice skating (originating at the forks), curling rinks and sleigh rides. The Forks promotes outdoor activity both in the summer and winter. The Forks originally was an industrial area of the city. Once it was no longer used industrially, the city redeveloped the area for community interaction. The buildings (old train stations) were turned into markets and the river had a walkway developed along it. It is also a historical site with museums, a childrens’ museum and other creative spaces. The nice thing is that it is a success story: people in the 1980’s didn’t expect it to work, and it has.

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GREAT PUBLIC SPACES: The Forks (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) was last modified: March 6th, 2012 by Tom Peyton