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Library, pool combo will be a cornerstone

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St. Boniface Ward Report

In today’s modern world, with access to the Internet and eBooks, we might wonder how written documents and libraries can still be relevant, especially to our younger generations.


But libraries are more than buildings containing books. They are our cities’ living rooms, a meeting place for various community groups, social and recreational outings for seniors and book club enthusiasts, and exciting excursions for children and young families, just to name a few.


Combine a library with an aquatic and fitness centre, and you now have a real cornerstone to developing a thriving, healthy community.

 
On Jan. 8th 2013, I was proud to participate in the City of Winnipeg’s announcement of $4-million to relocate the existing Windsor Park Library to the Bonivital Pool Site. A brand new library will be built within a larger facility, accessible to all abilities that will support a variety of programming.


Construction of this new modern facility will begin this year and the building will be a green, state-of-the-art, first-class regional centre. This multi-use facility will be the first of its kind for families and all residents of southeast Winnipeg and I hope it will eventually also include a fitness facility.


In additional to housing over 35,000 books and other materials, the new Bonivital library will offer unlimited access to information through eBooks, free Wi-Fi and Internet access. Meeting spaces will be available and children’s programming, among other services, will be offered.


I strongly believe that these are exactly the types of investments that cities should be making. While $4-million has been earmarked for the construction of this facility, the neighbouring residents will be gaining much more than a new building. Investing in libraries and recreational services is an investment in our citizens’ health, education and overall well-being.


I’m also hoping it will bring a renewed sense of community to the entire ward of St. Boniface; a new public gathering place that all of us can be proud to call our own.  

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