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Kildonan MLA Dave Chomiak (second from right) joins (l-r) Andy Haworth (President of Garden City Community Centre), Mayor Sam Katz, Premier Greg Selinger, Coun. Devi Sharma and MP Joy Smith at the groundbreaking for the additions to the Garden City Community Centre.

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Kildonan MLA Dave Chomiak (second from right) joins (l-r) Andy Haworth (President of Garden City Community Centre), Mayor Sam Katz, Premier Greg Selinger, Coun. Devi Sharma and MP Joy Smith at the groundbreaking for the additions to the Garden City Community Centre. Photo Store

At the beginning of May, I wrote about the proposed addition to the Garden City Community Centre. Now, I am pleased to share with you that construction has begun!

At the groundbreaking ceremony held June 14, I had a chance to join leaders from all levels of government — Mayor Sam Katz and Coun. Devi Sharma (Old Kildonan), federal MP Joy Smith (Kildonan-St. Paul) and, of course, Premier Greg Selinger — as we celebrated the work of community leaders for inspiring this amazing project for the neighbourhood.

Without the work and efforts of Garden City Community Centre volunteers, this would not have been possible. This is a classic case of grassroots community success —people volunteering their time and energy to build a better place for everyone in the area to enjoy.  

With 100,000 square feet of new, indoor recreation space added to the existing soccer and community centre complex, the potential recreational opportunities in our neighbourhood will be even greater for residents of all ages. The centre will also see the addition of a new twin pad indoor arena, to be known as the Seven Oaks Arena.

The city, province and community centre are each funding a third of the $17 million multiplex. While the city will retain ownership of the facility, the management and operations will be undertaken by the Garden City Community Centre board.

As our premier pointed out at the groundbreaking, "sports facilities create an anchor for communities by attracting people of all ages to activities that focus on fitness, health and community spirit. A sports complex of this magnitude requires the combined efforts of so many dedicated members of the community, and the support from both levels of government clearly shows our willingness to partner with communities to bring their goals to a successful conclusion."

Our province is committed to working with communities to increase recreation options for Manitobans. Investments in projects like this one strengthen neighbourhoods, attract more families and have long-term commercial and residential advantages for the whole area. The participation of Garden City volunteers in this project will help ensure the specific needs of the community are met.

As your MLA, I am pleased that our government is a founding partner in the creation of this much-needed multiplex.  I know the province will continue to support the renewal of recreational infrastructure in this city and in municipalities all across Manitoba.

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