Many of you have seen the progress that is being made at the Clara Hughes recreational site on Henderson Highway.
It is so nice to see the children already playing on the beautiful new play structure. This week, the construction crew is pouring the concrete for the skateboard park and bowl. I know that this will be well used by skateboarders and residents will be entertained by their tricks and skills.
I would also like to recognize the contribution our MLA for the area, Jim Maloway, and our MP, Lawrence Toet, played in securing the funds to see this worthwhile project to completion. When we work together we can accomplish so much.
In addition to the work being done at Clara Hughes, two other major projects were undertaken and are either finished or very near to completion. I was happy to match the funds raised by the John de Graff parent council to install a new playground at their school. The parent council should be commended for its hard work and dedication in making this happen. The City of Winnipeg also invested approximately $250,000 for much-needed repairs to the John Coulter Park. The Eaglemere Residents’ Association was instrumental in bringing the state of this park to my attention and worked diligently with me to make sure these improvements happened.
At our last East Kildonan Transcona Community Committee I approved funding for three additional projects. I approved the funding of a new soccer field at Melrose Park along with an electronic sign which will allow community announcements. This grant also will also see the expansion of the parking lot to help reduce parking and traffic congestion on residential streets around the club.
An application from The King’s School was also approved to construct a much-needed full-sized soccer field for the area. I also approved a very innovative proposal from Riverwood Community Church to retrofit and renovate the historic Fire Hall # 8 on Talbot Avenue. When this project is completed it will provide valuable space for community programs.
I know that these improvements to our parks and recreational spaces create a safer, cleaner and more family-oriented community, and I will continue working towards further development to our neighbourhood.