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Hoops and ollies coming to Brooklands

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From left: Coun. Scott Fielding (St James–Brooklands), Brooklands School principal Rex Ferguson-Baird, Take Pride Winnipeg’s Tom Ethans, Tyndall Park MLA Ted Marcelino, former city councillor Eldon Ross and Mayor Sam Katz with students from Brooklands School.

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From left: Coun. Scott Fielding (St James–Brooklands), Brooklands School principal Rex Ferguson-Baird, Take Pride Winnipeg’s Tom Ethans, Tyndall Park MLA Ted Marcelino, former city councillor Eldon Ross and Mayor Sam Katz with students from Brooklands School. Photo Store

Construction on a new basketball court and skateboard park in Brooklands will begin this fall, the city says.

On May 27, the city and province jointly announced construction of the new amenities at Pacific Dee Park to a throng of kids from nearby Brooklands School.

"The new court is another step in creating a recreational atmosphere in the Brooklands community where families want to visit regularly," said area Coun. Scott Fielding (St. James – Brooklands) in a release.

The new court will replace aging tennis courts at the park that have fallen into disrepair.

"Outdoor recreational opportunities are essential for healthy communities and this court is another example of a fun, safe place for our children and youth to gather," Mayor Sam Katz said.

The announcement was timed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Eldon Ross Pool, located at the park. Officials also unveiled a set of new murals created by Brooklands students and St. James artist Mandy van Leeuwen that were installed on the outside wall of the pool.

Former city councillor Eldon Ross was on hand to accept a plaque installed in his honour at the pool.

The project will cost $150,000, and is being funded through the Building Communities Initiative administered jointly between the city and province.

"Revitalizing or developing new recreational areas creates a strong anchor for communities, the children and families who live there,"  Tyndall Park MLA Ted Marcelino said in a release.

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