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Riel MLA Christine Melnick (back row, second from right) helped to announce the Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan funding to recreation projects in southeast Winnipeg. From left to right, Melnick is joined by École Guyot Parent Advisory Council President Tracy Bell LeClair, Radisson MLA Bidhu Jha, Southdale MLA Erin Selby (in front, speaking) and Dawson Trail MLA Ron Lemieux.

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Riel MLA Christine Melnick (back row, second from right) helped to announce the Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan funding to recreation projects in southeast Winnipeg. From left to right, Melnick is joined by École Guyot Parent Advisory Council President Tracy Bell LeClair, Radisson MLA Bidhu Jha, Southdale MLA Erin Selby (in front, speaking) and Dawson Trail MLA Ron Lemieux. Photo Store

On Aug. 28, my colleague Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux and I were very happy to announce over $500,000 in funding for southeast Winnipeg projects, made possible by the Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan.  

The provincial government’s Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan has committed $7.5 million over the next three years to the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program (WCIP), which will fund community-centred infrastructure throughout Winnipeg.

WCIP makes it possible for the provincial government to work at a grassroots level with citizens, community centres, child care boards, non-profit organizations and others to renew and revitalize popular recreation and community facilities, as well as to create green spaces for local families.   

The planned Henteleff Park Interpretive Centre is one exciting project receiving WCIP funding in our community. The WCIP $35,000 grant is in addition to the $25,000 Community Places Program grant awarded earlier this year, and will help the Henteleff Park Foundation move closer to fulfilling its dream of creating a riverside interpretive centre.

The Henteleff Park Foundation’s plan for the interpretive centre is to replicate the farmhouses that were located along the riverbank more than a century ago. The centre will help to educate visitors on the history of the area, including the plant and wildlife habitats, the Métis families who first settled along the riverbank and the history of the Henteleff family, who operated a market garden on the property.

Henteleff Park is located at 1964 St. Mary’s Rd. and more information is available online.   
Other organizations in Riel are also receiving Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program grants. The Greendell Community Centre is receiving a $50,000 grant to renovate its main entrance, washrooms and kitchen, St. Germain Day Care has been awarded $25,000 to enhance its outdoor space, and the Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre, which is utilized by many Riel families, is receiving $25,000 to renovate the Walter Jennings Sports Facility and to install a security system.

It is always a pleasure and honour to work with community leaders in Riel as we continue to build our neck of the woods. Feel free to email me any time at Christine.Melnick@YourManitoba.ca, call my constituency office at 204-253-5162, or stop by the office at 4-1549 St. Mary’s Rd.

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