With summer now over — and fall upon us — I am reminded of just how fortunate we are to have such great outdoor recreation facilities in St. Vital.
Everywhere in our community I see children and their families getting fresh air and enjoying the remaining days of warm weather at our many parks, playgrounds and sport venues. It is very important to me that we continue to provide our youth with top-notch facilities, encouraging them to get outside and live an active lifestyle.
Recently, I was pleased to be a part of a provincial funding announcement for upgrades to the St. Vital Memorial Park Soccer Field through the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program (WCIP). The field will be converted from natural to synthetic grass, which will improve
drainage and extend the length of the soccer season so our young people can remain active longer.
These improvements are welcome, as the park has been chosen to hold practices when Winnipeg hosts the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015. This will be an exciting chance for St. Vital families to watch world-class athletes right in our own backyard!
The Walter Jennings Sports Facility common area at Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre will also be improved through the WCIP, providing baseball and hockey players a safe and comfortable place to prepare for their games.
École Varennes’ Parent Committee was another recipient of WCIP funding this summer, and has put the money to good use by upgrading the school playground. The committee has already replaced the pea gravel around the structure with a wood fibre product that reduces slipping and cushions falls to help prevent injuries. Next spring, the playground will be naturalized with the installation of stumps, bridges and logs. This will provide the children of École Varennes and the community with new natural recreation space and a reason to get outside and play.
I am looking forward to the upgrades at these three fantastic spaces in our community. They not only keep our kids active, but enrich our communities with beautiful spaces to enjoy year-round.
If you have questions about Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program or about any other issue, please feel free to contact my office by phone at 204-237-8771 or by email at Nancy.Allan@yourmanitoba.ca, or to visit in-person at 51D St. Anne’s Rd.