In November 2018, and with the generous support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and CAF America. we launched a call for program partners and challenged U.S cities to assemble diverse teams that would advance the goals of Wintermission. The response was astounding, and 62 cities of all sizes submitted applications. Buffalo, NY; Eau Claire, WI, and Leadville, CO were the three cities participating in the groundbreaking two-year Wintermission program.
With this project, we set out to combat social isolation and increase levels of physical activity in winter for all residents, no matter their age, ability, socio-economic, or ethnocultural backgrounds. As a result of the community engagement, pilot projects, and the development of unique winter city strategies, we developed the Winter Cities Toolkit, which includes tools and resources to create more welcoming and inclusive winter cities and public spaces. Check out the toolkit below!