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Anyone who grew up in the River West Park area and spent time in Caron Park will remember the old-school Participaction-era fitness equipment scattered throughout the park.
Well, those 40-year old monkey bars, blockades and other pieces of equipment are finally being removed, as Caron Park, at the corner of Cass Street and Musgrove Street, is in the process of undergoing $40,000 worth of upgrades.
The park stretches out from a wooded area with trails along the Perimeter Highway all the way to Musgrove. It includes a children’s play structure, a canoe launch, and in the winter, an occasional skating rink.
Outdated landscaping is being replaced, drainage issues are being taken care of, and a gravel path leading from the parking lot to the playground will be completed in the springtime.
"The park was pretty tired looking," said Jason Bell, superintendent of Centralized Park Services with the City of Winnipeg. He noted that the fitness equipment had became overgrown with time.
The changes were sparked when a local resident, concerned about the state of disrepair, called Coun. Marty Morantz (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Whyte Ridge). Morantz and staff member from Parks and Open Spaces did a walk-through of the park.
Everyone agreed the park deserved a much-needed facelift, but it’s doubtful that too many components will be added. That’s because, as Bell noted, what’s interesting about Caron Park is its historical designation.
At the centre of the park is the old Caron farmhouse, built in 1905 by George Caron. It’s one of the few reminders of Charleswood’s early farming history, before it became part of the City of Winnipeg.
"There’s a lot of history there," Bell said. "There’s a wonderful agricultural feel to it."
In the early 1900s, the Caron Farm originally had a large barn, a blacksmith, a cheese factory and a windmill in the area where Caron Park now is.
Amanda Thorsteinsson is a community correspondent for Charleswood.