On September 9, a joyful crowd of Transcona residents came together to celebrate the official grand opening of the Transcona Centennial Square.
The Transcona Centennial Square is a new City of Winnipeg park located in the heart of old downtown Transcona, near the corner of Regent Avenue West and Bond Street.
Construction of the new square was sponsored, in part, by the City of Winnipeg, the Government of Manitoba, the Government of Canada, with significant support from Transcona.
The grand opening ceremony was hosted by Peter Martin, who serves as the president of the Transcona Historical Museum board of directors. Many other dignitaries were also in attendance including Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz, Transcona city councillor Russ Wyatt and Transcona Business Improvement Zone executive director Wendy Galagan. The festivities then carried on into the evening.
Transcona Centennial Square is so named in honour of Transcona’s 100th birthday which, of course, has been marked by much fanfare since 2012.
The square itself is a tribute to the history, pride and strong spirit of the community.
The plot of land upon which it sits is special. Transcona residents will fondly recall that this was the location of Joe Blostein & Son. In a bygone era, Blostein’s was one of Transcona’s largest and busiest department stores, a mainstay of the community and an integral part of Transcona’s heritage.
The new square is a picturesque urban park with features such as the Archambault Pavilion, the stunning New Flyer Peace Fountain and the CN Centennial Clock Tower. A time-capsule, which will be re-opened in 2062, has also been installed.
It’s worth noting that the Archambault Pavilion is an actual public artwork. As described by the Winnipeg Arts Council, "The selected artist, David Firman... created a conceptual design that would be visually striking as well as functional... he took inspiration from the slogan "Transcona —The Park City"... hence, a series of photographs of plant life and sky taken at the Transcona Community Bio Reserve, were incorporated into the design."
The TCS is already home to the annual Transcona BIZ Market Garden as well as the Transcona BIZ summer concert series. Winter activities may include skating, a festival of lights and a Santa’s Christmas Village.
For more information regarding the Transcona Centennial Square, visit the Transcona BIZ website at transconabiz.ca
Darlene Litchie is a community correspondent for Transcona.