One thing about living in Winnipeg is that we have distinct seasons that provide opportunities for a variety of community activities.
This past winter, many people enjoyed the Forks River Trail for skating, walking and many other outdoor recreational pursuits.
The uniquely designed warming huts provided interesting architectural elements and places to see along the way. And this year we had a pop-up restaurant at the junction of the Red and the Assiniboine. Many people braved the cool temperatures to enjoy gourmet food on the river.
Seeing our city from the river is a great way to commune with nature and see the real beauty we have here in the heart of an urban centre.
At last, spring has arrived: a perfect time for spring cleaning! Also, a highlight of the season is access to fresh produce and the joy of gardening.
As my office has done for over a decade, we are helping to plan the Osborne Village Clean-up (Sat., May 4th, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gas Station Arts Centre) and the Lord Roberts Clean-up (Sat., May 11th, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lord Roberts Community Centre).
Both these events will include a barbecue to follow and prizes for the first 20 volunteers. On May 31st (5:30 to 7:30 pm), the Earl Grey Community Centre will be holding "Clean-up and Dig-in" led by youth volunteers doing cleanup and a sod turning for a new communal garden for families to enjoy at the centre.
We will see 36 garden plots open up this year on Grant Avenue between Lilac & Stafford. Last year, at the request of community members, the city did a survey and the vast majority of residents were supportive. The plots have all been snapped up by eager gardeners.
Clearly there is a need to establish more plots in the future. The Osborne Village Community Garden continues to thrive at the River-Osborne Community Centre in the former "cement park" at the famous "confusion corner".
Gardening is clearly a desirable activity for more and more people. It’s healthy and fun and the results can be delicious!
Finally, as summer approaches, the Village Market at the Gas Station Arts Centre will be springing up on Thursdays. Come out and pick up some fresh produce and local goods in the heart of Osborne Village!
I look forward to seeing you around the neighbourhood in the coming seasons.