The neighbourhood wading pool may be closed for the season, but its bright and playful new paint job remains to remind us of sunny summer days.
A newly built equipment shed and the long-standing changing room/bathroom building at John Steele Park, more commonly knows as Westwood Browning Park, was transformed this August by Green Wave, a group of 16 to 19 year-olds hired by Take Pride Winnipeg! to help beautify public spaces through the summer months.
Take Pride’s executive director, Tom Ethans, says the goal of Green Wave is to use colour and creativity to revitalize and energize community spaces, adding that the team spruced up buildings at Marjorie and Machray Parks as well. Projects are chosen each season in concert with City of Winnipeg staff and city BIZ associations.
Westwood families may be more familiar with Take Pride Winnipeg! for its other programs, including Winnipeg in Bloom and Bag Up Winnipeg.
The first is a front yard garden contest open to all city residents, encouraging curb appeal and pride in their properties. A home on Golf Boulevard won second place this year.
The second is a contest operated through Winnipeg schools in which clean plastic bags (shopping bags, Zip-Locs, overwrap, etc.) are collected and counted with a view to preventing useful materials from ending up at the dump.
Students and staff at Ecole Robert Browning have run a Bag Up campaign each fall since 2008.
Teacher and Browning Bag-Up organizer Pierre Bohemier says the school will again be inviting students and their families, friends and neighbours to collect their clean, used plastics for Browning, likely in October, rather than tossing them in the trash.
With dozens of schools across Winnipeg participating, Bag Up diverts tons of plastics out of the landfill toward useful recycled products instead. Specific dates of this year’s Bag Up campaign were not available prior to deadline but I’ll be sure to find out, so feel free to send me an email.
While Take Pride Winnipeg! currently offers 10 programs for students, community groups, businesses and individuals across the city, its main focus is on community cleanup, promoting the collection of litter and removal of graffiti from public spaces.
If you know of a space that needs attention, or are thinking about having a neighbourhood clean-up, contact 311, or go to takepride.mb.ca