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Storm retention pond to be named after Transcona councillor

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The city will formally name a south Transcona storm retention pond that doubles as a water ski and wake boarding facility after the former councillor credited with its creation.

Council unanimously approved a plan Tuesday to name the site Lake Shirley Memorial Park after former councillor Shirley Timm-Rudolph, who died from cancer earlier this month.

Timm-Rudolph had been the Transcona councillor when she pushed the city and the province to build the storm retention pond as a permanent solution to the annual spring flooding in south Transcona.

The site was designed with input from the water ski and wake boarding communities so it could be used as a sporting venue during the 1999 Pan Am Games.

The city will also erect a memorial cairn in Timm-Rudolph’s honour at the site.

Timm-Rudolph, who was 57 when she died, spent 13 years as a city councillor; from 1986-1992 representing the old ward of Springfield Heights; and, from 1995-2002 representing Transcona. She had been a school trustee for the past four years with the River East Transcona school division.

 

 

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