When my children were small, I would often pack a picnic and spend the day in Crescent Drive Park, visiting with friends while we watched our children run free in the green grass or enjoy the play structures and sandbox.
Crescent Drive Park is a cherished green space for Winnipeggers to enjoy whether they live in the Fort Garry area or are visiting from other areas of the city. In both winter and summer you will find people enjoying the park’s beauty, whether they are using the pleasure skating rink, tobogganing, cross-country skiing or enjoying the green fields in the summer.
Unfortunately, time has taken its toll on the building and grounds, and clearly the park is in great need of reinvestment.
After several years of advocating to city council that this regional park is in dire need of revitalization, I am delighted to advise that this dream has now become a reality.
I am pleased to announce that there is now over $1 million in City of Winnipeg capital funds available in 2014 to renew Crescent Drive Park! This year’s capital budget included $650,000 of general capital funds for this project. Various other capital funds dedicated to the Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry ward will be added to the kitty. There are even further funds reallocated from the cancelled water park project which will go to re-establishing a passive canoe dock so the river can be better accessed. The major work required is the replacement of the picnic area and washrooms. The idea is to have an all-season facility to support both winter and summer activities.
The first step, which is already underway, is for the city to develop some concept designs. The next step will be to meet with the community members to get input on your priorities for the park and the designs. Crescent Park Rescue, a community group that has been actively working to beautify, animate and preserve Crescent Park, will be working with the City of Winnipeg to help facilitate and organize the community meeting. Watch for notices of this public meeting later this spring!
It is encouraging to know the patience and perseverance of the community has paid off at last.
This beautiful green space will get the investment it needs to ensure functional and attractive facilities are available to support the recreational activities of not only Fort Garry residents, but for people from across the city who enjoy Crescent Drive as a regional park.