As the fall season comes to the end and with winter around the corner, it is a good time to reflect on all the activity we have seen in the area.
The Disraeli bridge project is essentially complete, with the final touches being put on the landscaping and streetscaping.
The active transportation bridge has been officially opened. The public art installation in the piers of the bridge creates a wonderful effect which memorializes the history of the area while creating a warm atmosphere to those visiting or coming home at night time. The Molson Street twinning project will be worked on, with the underground sewer to be installed throughout the winter and the roadwork to commence in the spring of 2014.
We were recently able to officially launch the Clara Hughes recreational park, with Clara herself in attendance. Also on hand were MP Lawrence Toet (Elmwood-Transcona), then-Minster of Local Government Ron Lemieux and MLA Jim Maloway (Elmwood).
The skateboard park and play structure are being actively used by children from the community, which is so gratifying to see. What is also gratifying to me is the efforts of so many community leaders, along with elected officials, working together to get this project done for the community.
We are still working together with Bronx Park, the City of Winnipeg and the federal and provincial governments to find the resources and funds to expand the field house on the site.
In addition to the projects around the community, the rate of criminal activity in our neighborhood continues to trend downwards. A review of year-over-year statistics, using the Winnipeg Police Services database, indicates a decline of 11%. This is largely due to a combination of community policing strategies, the vigilance of residents in the area and programs such as the Riverwood Church Community trash pickup, which has significantly reduced opportunities for arson in the neighbourhood.
While we can all be encouraged by this, we need to be continually on guard to ensure that our community is a safe environment to raise families and enjoy recreational and leisure opportunities.