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New Eau Claire project aimed at making winter easier, happier here

Eau Claire (WQOW) — A new project has a plan to improve dealing with Eau Claire winters.

Wintermission Eau Claire is a new initiative with a goal to eliminate social isolation and increase outdoor physical activity during winter. It was created by Canadian nonprofit 8 80 Cities, and Eau Claire was one of just three cities in the country chosen to participate in the pilot.

The goal for Wintermission Eau Claire is to change residents’ mindset about winter by improving the city itself.

“Winter itself is actually not the cause of seasonal affective disorder because many Nordic cities which have far colder winters and far few hours of sunlight than we do here in the U.S… they don’t really suffer from seasonal affective disorder because they’ve built and designed and programmed their cities in such a way that people still are able to engage in social activity,” said David Simor, Project Manager of 8 80 Cities.

Thursday was the first of meeting with residents to get their opinions on how to improve the city. The second step is gathering the ideas over the summer for exciting new projects to implement around Eau Claire. Lastly, they will launch a plan for an exciting new city of Eau Claire for next winter.

To get involved, click here.

Carly Swisher

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