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Sprucing up Keewatin Street

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In the northwest corner of Winnipeg, there’s a little stretch of road known as Keewatin Street that has become one of the busiest streets in Tyndall Park.  

It has come to my attention that people in Tyndall Park, including many business owners, agree it’s time to spruce up Keewatin.

I am always encouraged to see the good work accomplished by Business Improvement Zones and other community development organizations. Community stakeholders come together to clean up outdoor spaces, improve lighting, beautify streets with artful banners and cheerful flower pots, and support business members to improve their window displays and storefront facades.

For example, while visiting with business owners this spring I had many encouraging conversations about the possibility of putting flower beds and green shrubs down the middle island of Keewatin from Notre Dame Avenue to Inkster Avenue, to soften its "industrial" look.

As your MLA, I can take a leadership role in bringing together local businesses and organizations who may want to act on an idea like this.

This spring, I attended the grand opening of a project that exemplifies what a community can accomplish when we all work together.

A couple years ago, the Parent Council at École Stanley Knowles School decided to try to get a new outdoor basketball court at the school. This was especially important because the school is far away from any other recreation opportunities, like parks or other courts.  

The Parent Council then successfully applied to Manitoba’s Community Places Program (CPP) and received a grant from the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program (WCIP), programs which help communities invest in long-term, sustainable recreation and wellness projects. With the help of $30,000 from CPP and $43,000 from WCIP, this basketball court is now a reality, and students and families from all over Tyndall Park have a safe space to play sports and stay active.

I firmly believe that every person in a community, whether you are a parent, a business owner, a volunteer or a student, can make a difference. Let’s see what kind of difference we can make in Tyndall Park.

If you are interested in improving our community, or if you have any questions, please call our office at 204-421-9493 or drop in at 24-360 Keewatin Street.

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