Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Assiniboine Park gets half-million-dollar donation for pathways

  • Print
A $500,000 donation from Desjardins Insurance to the Assiniboine Park Conservancy will help in the revitalization of the park's pathways.

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Enlarge Image

A $500,000 donation from Desjardins Insurance to the Assiniboine Park Conservancy will help in the revitalization of the park's pathways. Photo Store

Two of the city’s biggest insurance companies stepped forward today with donations to repave and extend the network of pathways at the Assiniboine Park.

Desjardins Insurance donated $500,000, the single largest donation the health and life insurer has ever made in Western Canada.

It represents a quarter of the $2 million the Assiniboine Park Conservancy estimates is needed to restore the seven-kilometre system of pathways.

The donations bring the total tally for the park’s $200 million redevelopment campaign to $126 million.

Conservancy president and CEO Margaret Redmond expressed gratitude to the donors.

"The pathways in Assiniboine Park are a free and accessible way for people of all ages, interests and abilities to be active and enjoy the park’s natural beauty year round. We know that at any given time we have four- to five-(hundred) people, runners and walkers strolling the pathways. They are an integral part of the park experience," she said.

Desjardins is the fifth largest life insurance company in Canada.

Western Financial Group, one of Desjardins’ business partners, donated an additional $100,000 as part of this morning’s announcement, made on the pathway that leads to the Assiniboine Park Pavilion.

That donation is earmarked for improvements to the Children’s Nature Playground, said Grant Ostir, president and CEO of Western’s group insurance solutions.

"As a life and health insurer, our priority is to promote the health of all Canadians," said Desjardins executive Jean-Francois Chalifoux. "When we saw how the pathways in Assiniboine Park contributed to the well-being of those who use them, we knew it was a perfect fit for us.

"This gift doesn’t only make sense from a business perspective. It’s important to give back to the community we do business in."

Don Peterkin, the park’s COO, said today’s donation will cover the beginning of an extensive restoration to about half of the park’s pathways. The focus is to improve accessibility to existing paths and to build new ones, starting this fall, with a path to link the zoo parking lot to the zoo entrance.

History

Updated on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM CDT: clarifies user number

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

City Beautiful trailer: How architecture shaped Winnipeg's DNA

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A pelican comes in for a landing Wednesday afternoon on the Red River at Lockport, Manitoba - Standup photo- June 27, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • PHIL.HOSSACK@FREEPRESS.MB.CA 090728 / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS White Pelicans belly up to the sushi bar Tuesday afternoon at Lockport. One of North America's largest birds is a common sight along the Red RIver and on Lake Winnipeg. Here the fight each other for fish near the base of Red RIver's control structure, giving human fisher's downstream a run for their money.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Should Premier Greg Selinger resign?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google