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New play structures for North Kildonan

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Two new play structures will be coming to North Kildonan.

At the East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee meeting on May 21, Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) doled out funding for structures at both De Graff Park on De Graff Bay and Malcana Park on Malcana Street. Each park received $75,000 through the Land Dedication Reserve program.

In the case of Malcana Park, there was a structure on-site up until this winter, when it was removed by city workers. Browaty said the funding will cover the entirety of the project.

"It had a neat old wood play structure, but it was splintering, and they’ve been removing amenities over the years as safety standards change and things started to fail on it," said Browaty. "It’s a city project entirely — it’s not community-driven."

As for De Graff Park, Browaty explained there was a city wading pool on the site which was closed after it was poorly attended.

"They’re expensive to run because you have to have city lifeguards there, and the season for it is very short," Browaty said of the wading pool. "There are some new families in that area, so we wanted to replace some of the amenities in that park."

Browaty hopes to have the structures completed this summer, but acknowledged they may not get done until 2014.

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