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Funding to come for community facilities in St. Johns riding

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From left to right: Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre executive director Marilyn Regiec, Premier Greg Selinger, Gwen Secter co-president Karen Grant, and St. Johns MLA Gord Mackintosh at an announcement for funding for centres in the area.

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From left to right: Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre executive director Marilyn Regiec, Premier Greg Selinger, Gwen Secter co-president Karen Grant, and St. Johns MLA Gord Mackintosh at an announcement for funding for centres in the area. Photo Store

St. Johns is filled with recreation amenities that are vital to the well-being of our children, seniors and families.

So that they may continue to enrich our lives for many years to come, the revitalization of facilities through the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program (WCIP) was recently announced. While we are committed to responsible cost savings in government, we will continue to focus on what matters most to families, including helping with 13 local community priorities this year.

Three WCIP projects are in St. Johns. Ralph Brown Community Centre will receive $9,500 to improve security at its busy

Andrews Street location — making the centre a safer place for visitors and staff, and protecting valuable equipment which has taken years to acquire.

Luxton Community Centre can now fix the deterioration of the building’s exterior walls using over $18,000 in WCIP funding, ensuring the centre will continue to serve the east-of-Main neighbourhood.

The much-loved Gwen Secter seniors’ centre on Main Street will use a $44,000 grant for new flooring, upgrades to furnishings, and energy efficient lighting in partnership with Manitoba Hydro.  Marilyn Regiec, executive director of the 25-year-old centre, believes the grant will enable Gwen Secter to maintain its long term viability.

"We can now look to the future to provide enhanced programs and activities which will benefit the community at large," she said.

Our community facilities are also benefitting from other provincial funding this year. West Kildonan families will soon be able to enjoy a new spray pad at the West Kildonan Community Centre with $400,000 from the province. The provincial Community Places Program helped with the upgrade of Kildonan United Church’s well-used Fellowship Hall, and with a new heating and air conditioning system for Gwen Secter. Sport Opportunities grants are also funding new equipment at the Edmund Partridge Bulldogs Wrestling Club and Kildonan Youth Activity Centre.

In co-operation with Mynarski Ward councillor Ross Eadie, the province is contributing funds for landscaping at the Battle of Seven Oaks Memorial park, asphalting the outdoor hockey rink at Luxton Community Centre, and extras to the West Kildonan spray pad. The province is also a major contributor to the extensive renovations to the Kildonan Park Pavilion, scheduled to reopen this fall.

And, St. Johns received its share of the $8.3-million provincial allotment for area road renewal that will reconstruct five blocks of Parr Street.

I will continue to work vigorously with residents to secure investments in our local amenities because the return is so great. Older neighbourhoods, particularly in West Kildonan and the North End, are communities of hard-working families who deserve their fair share — and we must always be vigilant to ensure our area’s vitality.

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