Kids in West Kildonan looking to douse Manitoba’s summer heat will soon have a new option to splash around in.
On Wed., May 22, city and provincial politicians announced a new spray pad will open in 2014 at the West Kildonan Memorial Community Centre.
"We want to make sure the neighbourhood keeps you busy," St. Johns MLA Gord Mackintosh told a group of kids assembled for a brief press conference outside the centre.
"You’re going to have a lot of fun next summer."
Construction on the $400,000 project, funded through the second phase of the Manitoba/Winnipeg Building Communities Initiative, will begin this fall around the perimeter of the wading pool already at the centre.
The new spray pad builds on renewal efforts underway at the club, centre president Bryan Huen said.
The club finished building a new play structure this spring, Huen noted, and plans to resurface the asphalt in its hockey rinks in June and expand its outdoor sports programming.
"Things are looking good for (us)," said Huen, who has served as president for the last 18 years.
Many new, young families are settling down in the community because it’s an affordable place to live, Mynarski Coun. Ross Eadie said.
"They need recreation for their kids and places to come and meet as families," Eadie said.
Eadie hopes driving more people to the community centre will encourage more people to take part volunteering their time at the centre.
Meanwhile, the wading pool at West Kildonan will open July 1, and operate Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until the end of August, Huen said.
The West Kildonan Memorial Community Centre is located at 346 Perth Ave. For more, call 204-334-1679, or visit the centre’s website at www.wkmcc.webs.com.