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Calgary’s University District celebrates Sunday with free Winter Pop-Up featuring live music, s’mores and ice skating


If you’re looking for a way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon in northwest Calgary, the University District is hosting a free Winter Pop-Up.

Visitors of all ages are invited to drop by and enjoy a live sledge hockey demonstration in partnership with AdaptAbility and the Stratz Strong Foundation.

Straz Strong founder Ryan Straschnitzki was on hand, with a number of former and present national team members to give a demo to showcase the redemptive power of adaptive sports.

"It’s a sport that gave me a second chance in life," said Straschnitzki, the former Humboldt Bronco. "A lot of people go through life unsure of what to do and maybe sledge hockey can be an avenue or at least gets the gears turning at least as far as finding your next open door.

"Everyone deserves an opportunity in life," he added, "and standup hockey, if you’re not able to do that, the next best thing is probably sledge hockey – it gives people a perspective as far as opportunity and the ability to do whatever you want."

There will also be free s’mores roasting kits (while supplies last), and live music from DJ Goodbar.

Guests are welcome to bring a pair of skates and enjoy a free spin on the University District’s refrigerated outdoor ice-skating rink, which guarantees it won’t melt no matter how much the temperature gets above freezing Sunday.

The Winter Pop-Up kicks off at 1 p.m. and runs until 4 p.m., while the rink, which also has a few cozy adjacent fire pits burning to warm skaters up, is open until 10 p.m.

It all takes place at Central Commons Park between Borough Bar & Grill and The Banquet. Top Stories

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