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Province doles out cash for upgrades

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The province is funneling more than $600,000 from its recent PST hike to fund a number of construction projects being undertaken by 19 community groups across northwest Winnipeg and the inner city.

On Aug. 27, the province announced the funding at École Stanley Knowles School, which is receiving funds to build a new outdoor basketball court and set of bleachers, along with replacing court fencing and lighting.

"Building maintenance is expensive and, by helping fund renovations to public buildings and recreational facilities, we extend the use of gymnasiums and community centres, and allow their boards to commit their budgets to programs that benefit children, youth and families," Premier Greg Selinger said in a release.

Other groups getting money include:

• Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre for community centre rehabilitation.

•Maples Recreation Association for field and gym improvements.

• Central Winnipeg Community Impact for bathroom renovations.

• Garden City Community Centre for boardroom and bathroom upgrades, along with new windows.

• Artbeat Studio for entrance renovations.

• Luxton Community Centre to replace siding with stucco finish.

• Ka Ni Kanichihk for foundation repairs.

• Aleph-Bet Child Life Enrichment Program for bathroom renovations.

• YMCA-YWCA Winnipeg for renovations to its Youth Zone space.

• Knox United Church for kitchen and bathroom updates.

• Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association for Game On Selkirk street rink upgrades.

• Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba for a rooftop garden.

• Amber Trails Residents Group for retrofitting a designated area for a park.

• Shaughnessy Park School Gathering Place Parent Advisory for a new teaching garden and pathways.

• Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre for a new teen lounge and welcome area.

• Ralph Brown Community Centre for security upgrades.

• Northwood Community Centre for lighting, flooring and wall covering replacements.

• Manitoba Children’s Museum for heat, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades.

The province is funding the upgrades through the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program, which is part of the province’s Building and Renewal Plan.

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