Neighbourhood and community centres are uniquely placed to play a leading role in the delivery of a wide variety of recreation programs for our citizens.
Being embedded in the community, these centres can contribute significantly to improving the lives of young people, families and seniors within their neighborhoods by enhancing the quality of life for residents. St James has been home to a number of facilities which are the lifeblood of our communities.
A perfect example of this is the new state of the art Sturgeon Heights Community Centre.
The Sturgeon Heights Community Centre is an excellent example of how strong community involvement and partnerships with government can come together and ensure community infrastructure thrives. It is something the entire city can be proud of.
A little over a year ago, the City celebrated the completion of the amalgamation of the Silver Heights and Sturgeon Creek Community Centre. This new 16,300-sq. ft. facility features a multi-purpose room, four change rooms, and a 5,900-sq. ft. gymnasium, which is the largest in the city.
This summer you will see an additional $1 million being invested into the complex. This will include the expansion of the splash pad, play structure, and two new additional outdoor hockey rinks which will also enhance the facility for residents of all ages.
This April, the SHCC became the first civic building to receive the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold award for their community centre model.
The Sturgeon Heights Community Centre is an impressive community club. This community centre is an energy-efficient facility which makes extensive use of its natural light.
Where needed, energy-efficient lighting and occupancy sensors throughout the building are helping to reduce energy costs. As well, 84% of construction waste and materials from deconstructing the existing building were recycled or salvaged. This is a unique design concept that should be used as a model for other community club projects in the city of Winnipeg.
SHCC’s design concept was recently used in the State of the City address as a best practice for design and utilization for future community clubs. It has become a facility where all community members gather and it is utilized to its full extent.
This community-driven project was a success due to the involvement from residence and users of the club which has made it the jewel of community clubs in Winnipeg. I am proud of the work we have been able to accomplish together.