A St. Boniface-based community group is looking for public input to help guide the future of recreation facilities in the area.
The Old St. Boniface Residents’ Association (OSBRA) will hold a public consultation on Wed., May 29 at 7 p.m. at Notre Dame Community Centre (271 avenue de la Cathédrale) to discuss existing leisure facilities in the Provencher Boulevard and Old St. Boniface areas and brainstorm ideas about potential future recreational facilities based on the needs of the community.
Late last year, the $680,000 sale of the former police station building at 227 Provencher Blvd. was sanctioned by city council to become a francophone health clinic. At the time, Coun. Dan Vandal recommended that $200,000 of the proceeds of the sale be used for improvements to Provencher Park and $100,000 be used for improvements to Provencher Boulevard, an idea which was approved, said OSBRA’s recently-elected president Matt Allard.
"We’re not talking about a multimillion-dollar budget, and it’s important to keep that in perspective, but it will be interesting to explore what $200,000 can establish in the public sector," Allard said, adding the event is aimed at community members, users of recreational facilities and local organizations.
"This will be a great chance to discuss what we want to see in the next 10 or 20 years and this event will keep the conversation moving. This consultation will be an exciting opportunity for people to talk about their hopes and dreams for the area."
The St. Boniface resident said he expects a representative from the city will be present at the event to discuss existing recreation facilities in the area, noting that representatives from Université de Saint-Boniface and Collège Louis-Riel have confirmed their attendance, as well as Vandal.
He noted that community members will also get the chance to form smaller brainstorming, breakout groups based on the needs of different demographics — including youth and young adults, families and individuals aged 55 or older — and then report back to the broader group and compile a list of ideas afterwards.
"There will also be a dotmocracy selection of ideas by participants. In this process, every voting participant is able to select his or her preferred ideas and the level of popular support for each idea can be accurately depicted through a dotting process to produce a ranked list, which will eventually be included in a report," Allard said.
A working list of more than 40 potential recreational ideas for the area includes a skate park, outdoor stage, an enclosed area with picnic tables, public washrooms at Provencher Park, an indoor pool, an outdoor track and a community garden.
For more information, call Allard at 204-396-4636.