January 24, 2024
Not even quirky winters can keep Edmontonians from meeting up with friends on a patio, and this year there are even more opportunities thanks to the City of Edmonton’s Winter Patio Grant.
The City invested a little over $50,000 in the Winter Patio Grant, which provided up to $2,000 per business to spend on eligible winter patio expenses, such as patio furniture, heaters, blankets and lighting. It supports Edmonton’s winter economy by helping businesses create inviting, comfortable and vibrant outdoor private and public spaces during the winter season. For the 2023-24 winter season, the City has awarded grants to 27 businesses.
“Thanks to the Winter Patio Grant, our brewery’s patio can be transformed into a warm and welcoming winter destination,” said Rhys Oswald, owner of Omen Brewing in the Hazeldean neighbourhood. “We're grateful for the opportunity to provide an extended and enjoyable experience for our customers, fostering community engagement even in winter.”
The initiative is part of the WinterCity Strategy and Vibrant Streets Program. The WinterCity strategy encourages Edmontonians to get out and celebrate our winter identity through the arts, recreation, events, storytelling and inspired design. The Vibrant Streets Program provides opportunities to increase the vibrancy and livability of city streets, sidewalks and alleyways from downtown and beyond.
“A few years ago there were only a handful of businesses that offered a winter patio experience, and now we’re seeing over 30 locations across the city choosing to embrace that opportunity,” said Isla Tanaka, the City’s WinterCity Planner. “The winter season is easier for everyone when we are intentional about enjoying what it has to offer. This is also a great way to support Edmonton’s small businesses.”