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East Elmwood Community Centre caretaker Les Getty is shown at the original centre after it was destroyed by a fire in March 2011.

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East Elmwood Community Centre caretaker Les Getty is shown at the original centre after it was destroyed by a fire in March 2011. Photo Store Photo Store

Plans for the new East Elmwood Community Centre were revealed at an open house at Hampstead School on Nov. 12.

Approximately 30 people were in attendance as representatives from BridgmanCollaborative Architecture showed off the firm’s plans to replace the old site, which was lost in a fire in March 2011.

The original East Elmwood Community Centre was located at 927 Beach Ave., but the new location will rise in Keenleyside Park at 490 Keenleyside St.

After the old centre was lost, the City of Winnipeg held numerous community consultations with area residents to identify what features residents would most like to see in the new building. As a result, the new centre will be an accessible building with a 5,375-square-foot gymnasium, an 860-square-foot multi-purpose room, a 360-square-foot kitchen, and a 644-square-foot skate change area to be used when the new outdoor rink is completed.

The wading pool, play structure, and one baseball field and soccer pitch presently at the site will all remain with the new plan.

City of Winnipeg community development and recreation services manager Dan Prokopchuk is particularly excited for the centre’s environmental initiatives — including 21 bicycle parking spaces, low-flow plumbing features, using day-lighting and natural light as much as possible, and high efficiency heating and cooling systems.

"It’s going to be a beautiful, brand-new building for the community to use for years to come," Prokopchuk said. "We’re really happy that it’s going to be very environmentally-friendly, a green building."

Before construction begins, developers will need to be approved for a variance from the city, as they are proposing to have only 43 parking spots on the site in order to maximize recreational space on the site. Developers said during the meeting that there will be extra parking space offered on the soccer pitch during the winter.

The new site, estimated to cost $4.8 million, is anticipated to be completed by December 2014.

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