Salsa dancing and art bazaars planned for outside city hall
Mayor wants to make Marion Dewar Plaza more of a people place
This summer the city plans to line up a range of community events at Marion Dewar Plaza outside city hall.
It's a chance for local organizations to showcase themselves in a high-profile and high-traffic venue.
The summer line-up is a mix of exercise classes, art bazaars, silent film screenings and salsa dancing classes.
"We're trying to make it more of a people place so people feel comfortable and want to come to city hall not just to pay a parking ticket but actually to come and participate in things," said Mayor Jim Watson.
He notes the 'Rink of Dreams' brought some life to the plaza in the winter and he hopes these activities will bring more people to the plaza in the summer, between big events, like the jazz and tulip festivals.
Monica Ethier works at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and will be teaching Pow Wow Pump, a morning fitness class that uses traditional pow wow dance moves.
"It's interesting because whenever I do it for non Aboriginal people, they catch on quickly and they just love it," said Ethier.
"I've never tried it outdoors before, so that will be interesting," she said.
The free summer activities start July 9th and run until the end of August.