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June 10, 2013

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT, GORDON BELL CELEBRATE NEW ATHLETIC FIELD


State-of-the-art Athletic Field for Students, Community Space for Families: Premier

Premier Greg Selinger joined students and staff of Gordon Bell High School today to celebrate the opening of the school’s first athletic field and community space for students and families.

“This beautiful new field and green space will be a tremendous asset for generations of Gordon Bell students and families living in the area,” said Selinger.  “Congratulations to all the students who made this field of dreams a reality.”

The first athletic field for Gordon Bell High School will mean students will no longer have to hold athletic practices at other school locations or hire buses to transport school teams.  The field will also make it easier for the families in the community to attend practices and games.

The field surface is made of synthetic turf and includes a drainage system which allows it to be used by students and the community in the spring, summer and fall.  The surrounding green space also includes a stage, cross-country loop and an outdoor classroom.

This project received significant support, with students, staff and the local community fundraising over $400,000.  The province purchased the land and allocated it to the Winnipeg School Division for use by Gordon Bell High School and the surrounding community, the premier said, adding Manitoba Education invested an additional $1.5 million for development.

“I am very proud with how this field has been built.  The staff, students and people in the community rallied together to share their dream about the importance of having a space that will fill a number of needs,” said Rita Hildahl, board chair, Winnipeg School Division.  “Not only will it be a much needed sports field for our students, but it will provide a safe space for our families in the community to gather.”

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