Hosting a community barbecue in Eaglemere at John Coulter Park was a perfect way to say farewell to summer.
On Sept. 22, with help from the Eaglemere Residents’ Association and the Manitoba Pork Council, the neighbourhood gathered for sunshine and pork on a bun to celebrate the brand-new play structure, which has just been completed.
Community barbecues provide everyone with the opportunity to meet their neighbours, discuss neighbourhood issues and see what’s new in the community. It also gave me the opportunity to meet new members of the community, while catching up with familiar faces.
The event was well attended. Over 300 Eaglemere residents came out to enjoy delicious pork on a bun at the newly updated John Coulter Park. As always, the Manitoba Pork Council provided us with excellent food and the staff, Megan and Alyssa, helped to ensure the afternoon was a success and no one left hungry.
The afternoon was every bit as enjoyable for the children who had eagerly awaited the opening of the new play structure at the park. Manitoba is committed to ensuring children and families have safe places to be healthy and active. John Coulter Park embodies that commitment.
The Eaglemere Residents’ Association received a $10,000 grant through Manitoba’s Community Places Program, which they used to help upgrade the now fantastic play structure. Judging by the excitement of all the children who were at the barbecue, it will be well-used. We also gave an additional $3,000 to expand the outdoor sitting area of the north shore of John Coulter Park with a set of benches, trees and shrubs.
The Community Places Program is currently accepting applications for next year’s grants.
If your organization is interested in learning more about the Community Places Program, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 204-667-7244 or by email at Erna.Braun@yourmanitoba.ca for more information or for any other inquiries.
I would like to thank the Eaglemere Residents’ Association for making this event so successful. President Todd Perdonic, executive members Robb Denomme, Darian Tratch, Carrie Perdonic and communications chair Cindy Lange have worked diligently to bring improvements to their neighbourhood.
Their dedication to the community is truly amazing, and I am so fortunate that I have the opportunity to work with this fine group of individuals. Their help with advertising, organization, setup and of course, cookies, contributed to a smooth and enjoyable afternoon. Once again, thank you for allowing me to attend.