Residents in West Kildonan will have a new spray pad next year paid for by a $400,000 joint investment through Phase Two of the Manitoba/Winnipeg Building Communities Initiative (BCI) II partnership.
"Splash pads are a great invention and a safe and healthy way for children of all ages to enjoy refreshing outdoor water activities on hot summer days," said Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux.
"The province is pleased to join with the city to support recreational sites like the West Kildonan Memorial Community Centre because it clearly demonstrates the importance we place on encouraging individuals and families to stay active and keep fit."
Design plans will be completed this summer with construction commencing in fall 2013. The spray pad is set to open at the start of summer 2014.
"Many families in the Jefferson neighbourhood have been looking for a free splash pad experience… the West Kildonan Memorial Community Centre has gone many years without renewal," said Coun. Ross Eadie, Mynarski ward. "Along with the new City of Winnipeg funded play structure, the splash pad elements will offer children in the Jefferson neighbourhood fun opportunities to stay cool for longer than just wading pool hours."
The West Kildonan Memorial Community Centre Spray Pad is one of 34 projects approved under Phase Two of BCI II.
The BCI is a multi-year, cost-shared capital initiative developed jointly by the Manitoba government and the City of Winnipeg. The goal of the funding is to support community revitalization through improvements to local community infrastructure in targeted older neighbourhoods and contribute to the vitality, safety and health of communities throughout the city.