Although Winnipeg is experiencing one of the coldest winters on record, I have been busy working with administration to firm up plans for the continued upgrading of our recreational spaces for the spring and summer.
One of the announcements in the 2014 budget was for a new and sizeable splash pad for the area. This splash pad will be located at the East Kildonan-Elmwood pool facility (Elmwood Kildonans Pool) on Concordia Avenue. Working with administration we were able to find $800,000 to invest in this project. A landscape architect will be hired next month to plan and develop a design that is appropriate for the area. The tendering of the project will occur over the summer with construction taking place over the fall of 2014 and spring 2015 and opening in June 2015.
The wading pool at the East End Cultural and Leisure Centre will get a complete refurbishment this year as well. The pool surface and equipment will be renewed and a number of spray features will be added to enhance the fun. The tendering for bids closes on Feb. 20. Construction will start in the spring and be completed by the end of June just in time for the wading pool season and hopefully hot weather.
Valley Gardens Community Centre received over $47,000 under the Community Centre Renovation Grant program. This grant program was introduced in 2012 to assist local community clubs to renovate and repair their facilities. Valley Gardens is one of 10 community clubs receiving the grant for a total of $362,269. Valley Gardens Community Centre will be using the grant for much-needed repairs to its exterior.
While we look forward to warmer weather and outdoor activity, there are many opportunities to enjoy all Winnipeg has to offer over the winter, whether it’s indoor or outside.