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August 28, 2013

MANITOBA BUILDING AND RENEWAL PLAN INVESTS IN RECREATION PROJECTS IN SOUTHEAST WINNIPEG


Province Providing over $500,000 for Local Projects: Lemieux

The provincial government is investing in southeast Winnipeg infrastructure that will renew and revitalize many popular recreation facilities and create green spaces for local families, Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux announced today.

“We all know the benefits of exercise and recreation in a safe, healthy environment and that’s why we are pleased to invest in these facilities on behalf of families in southeast Winnipeg,” Lemieux said.  “Working with these communities, we can build stronger neighbourhoods where children can develop healthy lifestyles and strong friendships.”

The province is providing the École Guyot parent advisory council with funding to install a natural playground, which will repair existing drainage issues and make the site more accessible.  Also included in the project are 500 feet of walking and biking paths, a small hill with a six-ft. climbing wall, as well as buried tree stumps and log benches to create seating for an outdoor classroom.

Other organizations in southeast Winnipeg receiving funding include:

  • Norberry–Glenlee Community Centre – to renovate the Walter Jennings Sports Facility common area and installing video surveillance;
  • Greendell Park Community Centre – to renovate washrooms, outdoor rink, kitchen and basketball courts;
  • Winakwa Community Centre – to renovate washrooms and providing energy-efficiency upgrades;
  • Holy Cross School parent advisory council and St. Boniface Diocesan High School parents guild – to renovate gym and washrooms;
  • St. Germain Daycare Centre – to enhance outdoor space;
  • Norwood and St. Boniface Legion Branch #43 – to replace the banquet hall roof;
  • Norwood Grove Business Improvement Zone – to construct a new picnic area and skating rink;
  • Henteleff Park Foundation – to create a new interpretive centre;
  • École Varennes Parent Committee – to renew a playground;
  • Windsor Park Collegiate parent association – to upgrade a basketball court;
  • St. Vital Mustangs – to enhance storage facilities;                                                                                         
  • Conseil jeunesse provincial (Provincial Youth Council) – to hold a bike co-op workshop; and
  • Centre de Renouveau Aulneau (Aulneau Renewal Centre) – to provide accessibility upgrades.

Budget 2013 and the Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan committed $7.5 million over the next three years for the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program.  This new initiative is providing grants forprojects that will provide long-term recreational and wellness benefits to communities.

“I meet regularly with parent advisory councils at all our local schools because parents are the best resource for what’s working and what improvements are needed in the community,” Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Erin Selby said.  “Parents at Guyot were quick to identify drainage problems in the playground that meant children were not getting the full use of the space at lunch and recess times.  I’m pleased that by working together, we can not only solve the drainage issue but improve the school yard to allow for better use and more kids to stay active.”

The first application intake for the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program began on May 22 making grants available for projects such as libraries, swimming pools and splash pads, parks, trails, community centres, sports facilities including arenas and gymnasiums, as well as other community infrastructure facilities.  The first application intake has closed and details on the next intake will be announced on the program’s website.

For more information about the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program (WCIP), go to www.gov.mb.ca/ia/wcip/index.html.                                                                                                                                                                              

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