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Warming huts get international nod for innovation

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The International Downtown Association has handed The Forks a prestigious award for its innovative river skating trail warming huts.

The IDA presented the Downtown Merit Award at its recent conference in Minneapolis.

The award goes to organizations that are:

  • Focused on programs and events that improved the image and vitality of downtown with events that promote downtown and attract visitors.
  • Delivering projects that communicate the vision, mission, function and achievements of the downtown or business district association.

"The Warming Huts competition has exploded into an international phenomenon that none of us could have predicted when it began four years ago," says Jim August, CEO of the Forks North Portage Partnership. "It’s an incredibly unique way of bringing citizens downtown on The Assiniboine Credit Union River Trail to showcase design and architecture. Winnipeg is a winter city and a river city, the Warming Huts project celebrates both of those facts and Winnipeggers love it."

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