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Julie Ali Just now · CBC News · Good work Councillar Walters and city council. We appreciate this reversal of policy that helps the mobility of many disabled citizens who will be better able to navigate city streets with sanding done by homeowners. A smart responsive move by city council!

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Dig in: Community sand boxes are coming back

Sand boxes will be back in neighbourhoods within two weeks

By Nola Keeler, CBC News Posted: Feb 07, 2017 12:02 PM MT Last Updated: Feb 07, 2017 2:27 PM MT
The community sand box program had been cancelled this winter to save the city $300,000.
The community sand box program had been cancelled this winter to save the city $300,000.
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After a winter of slips and falls, city council voted Monday to bring back the community sand box program.
The sand boxes should be back in place within the next couple of weeks, Deputy City Manager Doug Jones said.
The program had been cancelled this winter to save the city $300,000.
Instead of 100 boxes available at community centres across Edmonton, the city had decided to offer sand at just five boxes, all of them at city roadway maintenance yards.
According to data from the city of Edmonton, 91 complaints of slipping and falling on sidewalks were received from Jan. 1 to Feb. 6 last year.
During the same timeframe this year, the city has received 151 complaints.
Coun. Michael Walters was behind the motion to reinstate and improve the community sand box program.
"Restore the sand," he urged his fellow councillors Monday.
Coun. Bev Esslinger wanted to know if it was possible to expand the program to communities who didn't have sand boxes before.
Coun. Ben Henderson said the program has become even more important in the city in the last two to three years, with the increasing frequency of rain and freezing rain.
He wants to see some improvements, though, in how the city refills the boxes.
A complaint frequently heard about the sand boxes is that they were often empty.
"We need something better than we had before," Henderson said.
Mayor Don Iveson asked if administration would look at bringing back the program this winter, given that there are likely months of snow and ice ahead.
Jones said the program will be reinstated in the next couple of weeks. But the administration will look for a better way to deal with slippery city sidewalks next winter.
"We had some pretty nasty conditions a couple of weeks ago, and sand is probably not the best option for some of those," he said. "We will look at different things. There's lots of options that are available to us and we're exploring those."
The city is also starting a pilot project, he said, using de-icers on the Yellowhead, Gateway Boulevard and Calgary Trail, as well as sidewalks the city maintains downtown.
That project will begin Feb.15 and last until the end of the winter.
Julie Ali and CBC Edmonton shared a link.
After a winter of slips and falls, city council voted Monday to bring back the community sand box program.
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  • Good work Councillor Walters and city council.
  • We appreciate this reversal of policy that helps the mobility of many disabled citizens who will be better able to navigate city streets with sanding done by homeowners.
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