Last year was a busy one for businesses in Fort Rouge, with new stores and restaurants opening up and the expansion of existing ones.
The redevelopment of Shoppers Drug Mart has completely changed the face of Osborne Village, and Little Sister Coffee Maker has been a welcome addition to the number of popular neighbourhood coffee shops. Construction is well underway at the old Papa George’s location, and we are anxiously waiting for the new Grove restaurant to open later this year.
Last year was also a year of celebration for various community institutions in Fort Rouge. Celebrations marked the 30th anniversary of the Gas Station Arts Centre and the 90th anniversary of the Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church.
I know that 2014 is going to be another exciting year.
Earl Grey School will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, their Parent Advisory Council has embarked on a school beautification project to upgrade the outside of the school. Phase one was completed in 2013 and included upgraded brickwork, new trees and shrubs and the construction of limestone planters. The school is currently working to begin phase two, which will feature an outdoor, amphitheatre-style classroom.
École LaVérendrye’s new gym will not only be a great asset to the school but will also serve our community. Especially in such cold weather, gyms provide much needed leisure space for after-school activities and help keep our children active. Credit goes to École LaVérendrye’s parent council for their incredible fundraising efforts and dedication to the project.
Excitement is also brewing at Fort Rouge Co-op Day Nursery, where they plan to have their outdoor nature-based playground completed this coming summer.
Folks in Mayfair are watching with interest as construction progresses on their new recreation centre. When completed, it will provide a much-needed community space for kids and families to learn, grow and play together.
These new developments continue to blend in with the historic charm of our neighbourhood. They will be an important part of life in Fort Rouge, adding to what is already a vibrant and diverse community—one I am proud to represent in the legislature.
If you would like to know more about any of these exciting developments in Fort Rouge, you can always contact my office at 204-946-2072 or at Jennifer.Howard@yourmanitoba.ca