Right here you may play life measurement “Snakes and Ladders” in Edmonton

In the Edmonton neighborhood of Parkview, a 784-square-foot “Snakes and Ladders” game was developed to bring joy and positivity to the community.

Kristie Edwardsen, a Parkview resident and mother, came up with the idea and turned to the Community League to build the game board.

“Basically, we wanted to try something and give the kids something to do,” a Parkview Community League spokesman told Daily Hive. “We see a situation where children have nothing to do and are bored and frustrated. That way they have something they can do for fun. “

Courtesy Kristie Edwardsen

The game was set up over three days, with three people working together for about four and a half hours on the first day to measure and line the board, and six people painting the board on the second day.

The board was made with washable tempera paint, but a rainstorm last week washed away its progress before the paint could dry.

Edwardsen says it was a beautiful sight to see the swirling colors move through the water. “It was also a great educational moment for everyone, young and old,” she continued.

Snakes and ladders

Courtesy Kristie Edwardsen

This did not affect the volunteers, and the next day six people were out again to create and finish the “board”. Edwardsen and her daughter stayed in the park until about 1 a.m. to complete the project.

“We can’t control everything, things don’t always go according to plan. But when you look at the beauty of it, you realize how great a moment like this is. You learn and progress. “

Parkview’s Snakes and Ladders board has 64 squares, each three and a half feet long, with the entire game being 28 feet by 28 feet.

Edwardsen is no stranger to major art projects. Last year, she and four others created a life-size Monopoly board in the Crestwood Community.

“It was an amazing initiative that created so much positivity and joy for many,” she told Daily Hive, adding that the project sparked a city-wide “#chalktheblockyeg” movement that focused on spreading kindness.

When asked about her inspiration for this project, Edwardsen replied, “Snakes and Ladders was a game I played with my family as a kid. As a kid it was one of my favorites and now as an adult it is still so much fun. “

“I wanted to find a way to share this joy with others.”

She added that she admired large works of art and installations and wanted to do this project in a large open space. “Also,” she added, “I love the art of working together. It brings people together in a very positive way. Something we can all use in these uncertain times. “

Courtesy Kristie Edwardsen

The project completed on Thursday May 13th and is now available to all Edmonton residents in the Parkview Community League (9135 146th Street NW).

“The game is for everyone,” says Edwardsen. “As a member of the Parkview community, the only request that everyone who enjoys the board be respectful, abide by the current restrictions of this pandemic, and have fun.”

Snakes and ladders

Courtesy Kristie Edwardsen

The Parkview Community League suggests that players bring their own dice or download an app for their phone that allows them to “roll” dice.

According to Edwardsen, dice are optional. “All players need their imaginations,” she says. “I have seen many who have used the board as a jumping board, as an imaginary storyboard, as a counting game or as a color game. The options are entirely up to you. “

The community encourages Edmontons to be creative in how they play the game and to adhere to all public health protocols.

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