Many have heard that I have put forward a motion to rename Machray Park to Harry Lazarenko Park.
Some controversy has risen around removing a park named for Robert Machray who was an archbishop working out of St. John’s Cathedral, an Anglican church, and founder of Machray School in the North End on Mountain Avenue.
There are at least four facilities named after Robert Machray. The issue is actually trying to find an appropriate city-owned facility to name after Harry Lazarenko, who represented a part of the North End for 30 years in total. Because he was a politician, there are many who didn’t like his decisions and many who did like his decisions.
Harry Lazarenko dedicated 30 years of his and his family’s life — worthy of a significant recognition in naming a city facility in the North End.
Harry Lazarenko loves the Red River, being the Riverbank Management councillor for many years. He was heavily involved in saving our river banks from erosion. Two significant situations which come to mind are the Elmwood Cemetery’s loss of riverbank, requiring the movement of many people laid to rest near the riverbank, and Kildonan Park’s continual loss of riverbank along the higher parts of the park.
I myself disagreed with many of Lazarenko’s decisions as a councillor, but I strongly believe his service to us was valuable from a person who is passionate about the North End. Please stay tuned for an announcement on a facility naming in honour of Lazarenko.
Exciting news! Kildonan Park’s Peguis Pavilion has now opened after six years. Many park users in north Winnipeg have been waiting patiently for an ability to use a washroom and enjoy food and refreshments. The completion of the pavilion renovations were delayed a number of times because it was imperative to get it right for park users well into the future. I would like to thank our Parks and Open Spaces staff for their work with the restaurateur and taking my calls about the reason for delays. There is still some work to finish the lower part of the pavilion and duck pond, but hooray, the restaurant is open for park users.
Many thanks must be given to WOW! Hospitality for agreeing to take the risk of opening a fine quality restaurant in the Peguis Pavilion. Doug Stephen, president of WOW! Hospitality, introduced guests to Food Evolution, a restaurant with a wonderful evening fine-dining menu and daytime cafeteria offerings. Many people have mentioned to me that they are looking for a fine-dining experience in the West Kildonan/Old Kildonan area. Well people, Food Evolution is just that food experience. One can dine in the restaurant with windows on three sides now.An outdoor patio also has three sides. To ensure this excellent facility continues well into the future, I will be frequenting Food Evolution.
As a young boy, I loved playing on the monkey trails and then going to the pavilion window to purchase ice cream. While there is no outside window, right at the entrance to the restaurant one can get an ice cream cone. Many at the opening stopped to get their ice cream cones before leaving the ribbon cutting on June 4, 2014. The pavilion is very accessible, with a ramp up to the entrance, improvement to the slope of the ramp down to the duck pond, and an elevator inside for use to get to the washroom.