Edmonton is a city about people. During this fall's budget debate, Thrive Edmonton wants our City Council to keep the people in mind above all else.
Council needs to think about who benefits from changes to the budget.
Changes to the budget, whether an increase or decrease, have an impact on you and other residents.
Thrive Edmonton is also an invitation to the people of Edmonton. An invitation to reflect on some of the really great things the City of Edmonton does, and share those stories with others. It’s a movement to work together, instead of against one another’s interests. It includes business, artists, parents, community organizers, educators, and all income levels.
We are a city of almost a million people and it only makes sense our needs may differ. It’s time to put partisanship aside and share the things about Edmonton that make our lives better, so that collectively this city and the people in it can thrive.
Being able to walk for miles along city walking trails has given me the connection I need with those I love. The conversations I have been able to have with friends have created life long connections that we would otherwise have been able to have. As a free form of entertainment and fitness it helps us get out from our cramped homes to get some sun and allows us to get to other amenities without worrying about kids along busy road ways. For me the trails have fought loneliness and given me connection to my community.
Using the outdoor spaces and indoor facilities is a wonderful way to spend time with my family that’s affordable. My family loves to be active, but it becomes difficult when everything costs money.
For the past 2 years, our family has really embraced getting around Edmonton on the new bike lanes and utilizing public transit. From Canada day celebrations at the Legislature grounds this year to heritage festival in Hawrelak, leaving the car behind has been a great way to both help the environment plus make the experience less stressful.