Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton

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Churchill Square is the main downtown square in Edmonton, Alberta, which plays host to a large majority of festivals and events including: the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, Edmonton Fashion Week, The Works Art & Design Festival, Taste of Edmonton, Cariwest and in recent years the annual Pride Festival .SiteIt is bordered on the north by 102A Avenue, on the west by 100 Street, on the south by Harbin Road and on the east by Rue Hull Street. In 2009, 102A Avenue was closed to vehicle traffic permanently, providing easier pedestrian access to City Hall.Surrounding the square are several cultural and governmental buildings, including Edmonton City Hall to the north, the Law Courts and the Art Gallery of Alberta to the north-east, Chancery Hall and the Francis Winspear Centre for Music to the east, the Citadel Theatre to the south-east, the Stanley A. Milner Library to the south and Edmonton City Centre mall to the west.HistoryHistorically, Edmonton's main square was Market Square, located just to the south of Churchill Square, on the site of the present Milner Library. The City Market was housed in Market Square from its beginning in 1900, originally with the market happening outdoors. Successive plans were considered to develop the square into a civic centre, beginning in 1912. A building was built far away on 107 Avenue for the market to be moved indoors in November 1914, but was never used for this purpose and was boycotted by vendors and customers. The market returned to its original location and the city agreed to help construct a shelter. Beginning in 1915 the market was moved indoors, and by 1920 only overflow stalls were outside. From 1916, when the shelter was built, to 1965, when it moved off the site, the market flourished as the hub of Edmonton life. The City Market was finally shifted east to 97 Street, and the area was redeveloped according to a plan to create a "civic centre" in the area by constructing the new art gallery and library to accompany the new city hall which had been built in 1957.
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  • I enjoy coming here whether there is an event or not. During Festival season, its simply the best place to be! There are so many places to walk around, stroll about through downtown, and to visit City...  more »
  • Near city hall, the Winspear Centre, Law Courts, the Library (if they ever get it finished), and some of the city's ritziest hotels, this Square is quite large, but a bit devoid of features. We're vis...  more »
  • This used to be such a nice place when it was grass. I was very disappointed when the city decided to spend tons of money to change this park into a giant cement slab.  more »
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