SnowMAZEing family fun

Winnipeggers helped build the city's first downtown snow maze on Saturday. Ashley Carter / Global News

WINNIPEG – The Millennium Library and Park was full of busy workers all day Saturday, working on a one-of-a-kind winter project.

“There’s a lot of skating opportunities in our city, there’s a lot of tobogganing, and a maze, we thought, was a one-of-a-kind opportunity,” said Stephanie Voyce of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ.

More than 100 Winnipeggers hit the park to shovel, pack, carry and stack custom-made snow moulds with the goal of making more than 4,000 snow blocks.

All of the kids were full of excitement.

“I’m really looking forward to the final product and to see how everyone has come together to make this a really neat maze,” said one teenager.

Even though the sun was shining brightly, there was still a frigid chill in the air — but that did not stop anyone.

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“We’re having just a great time today, it’s a lovely opportunity to get out, even though it’s -30 C,” said one parent.

And that’s the exact reason why this event was created.

“It has been a long cold winter and we wanted to find something fun to do with the community,” said Tamara Rae Biebrich, of the Winnipeg Arts Council.

Organizers will now add one last finishing touch to the completed maze.

“These walls will have children’s art that’s frozen in ice and put on the walls, so it’s going to have art that’s related to their favourite books,” said Voyce.

Downtown Winnipeg BIZ will maintain the maze for the rest of the month and hopefully into March if this deep freeze keeps up.

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