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New community recreation centre opens in Fort Rouge

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A funding partnership between the province and the city has led to the opening of a new community recreation centre in Fort Rouge.

The Mayfair Recreation Centre officially swung open its doors this morning. The building, a 3,600-square foot, fully accessible facility, is made of custom pre-fabricated concrete panels and includes a community kitchen, multi-purpose/skate change area, multi-purpose activity space, basketball nets and storage for Winnipeg Harvest.

"This facility supports volunteers and community leaders who work to give families a sense of belonging in their neighbourhoods and provides young people opportunities to discover and grow their talents," Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief offered in a statement.

The building at Mayfair is just one aspect of the project. A plan to re-surface the asphalt courts and add lighting to the hockey rink was also revealed Wednesday.

The project was funded ($1.5 million equally shared between the city and province) by the Building Communities Initiative II (BCI II), a community revitalization program aimed at sprucing up older facilities. The city also provided an additional $800,000 from its capital fund.

Phase One of BCI II provided a total of $10 million between 2010 and 2014. Of the 38 approved projects under the first phase, 35 have been completed, with the remaining three to be completed in the 2014 construction season. Phase Two and Phase Three will see an additional $13.8 million earmarked towards another 73 community recreation areas.

Recreation infrastructure included under the BCI II umbrella includes athletic fields, playgrounds, skate parks, spray and splash pads, basketball and tennis courts, lighting, seating, park pathways and community centres.

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