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Dylan Broten, 10, outside the new Mayfair Recreation Centre, Wednesday.

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A new community recreation centre in Fort Rouge opened Wednesday.

The centre was created through a funding partnership between the province and the city.

The Mayfair Recreation Centre officially opened its doors Wednesday morning. The building, a 3,600-square-foot, fully accessible facility, is made of custom prefabricated concrete panels and includes a community kitchen, multi-purpose/skate change area, multipurpose 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 said in a statement.

The building at Mayfair is just one aspect of the project. A plan to resurface 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.

Phase one of BCI II program 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 are scheduled to see an additional $13.8 million earmarked toward another 73 community recreation areas.

Recreation infrastructure 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.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 14, 2014 B2

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