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Amber Trails residents build community park

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From left, Rowena Sarran, Nicklas Sarran, Joshua Sarran, Lorianne Kowaliszyn, Everett Kowaliszyn and Tim Kowaliszyn enjoy Phase 1 of the Amber Trails community park.

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From left, Rowena Sarran, Nicklas Sarran, Joshua Sarran, Lorianne Kowaliszyn, Everett Kowaliszyn and Tim Kowaliszyn enjoy Phase 1 of the Amber Trails community park. Photo Store

It is amazing what a few determined neighbours can accomplish for their community.

After waiting for several years, a group of Amber Trails residents organized and successfully lobbied for the development of a community park/playground at the northwest corner of Leila Avenue and Strasbourg Drive.

The property for the park is owned by the City of Winnipeg and it was designated as a green space in 2006.

However, as Amber Trails continued to grow, the land for the park remained undeveloped.

Unfortunately, the park site became a free-for-all dumping ground for broken concrete, tons of dug-out basement soil, debris and garbage.

Two years ago, the Kowaliszyn family, the Lamoureux family and the Sarran family assisted in organizing the Amber Trails Residents Group to advocate for the park development. The committee connected with the neighbours and prepared a business plan for the creation of the park.

City councillor Devi Sharma (Old Kildonan) and MLA Mohinder Saran (NDP, The Maples) gave their full support to the project. The city contributed  $70,000 and the province gave $35,000.

The funding was used to assist in the development of Phase 1 of the Amber Trails community park.

Landscaping and sodding were completed in the north section of the park. State of the art play structures and benches were also installed. Now, the site is a popular spot for neighbourhood children.

Most recently, Coun. Sharma successfully pushed for the Phase 2 development. Excavation and the removal of the remaining debris is being completed. The entire site is now fenced. Once
environmental assessments are completed, Phase 2 will be well on its way.  

Saran assisted the Amber Trails Resident Group in successfully applying for an additional $30,000 from the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program to be used for Phase 2 development, which will have feature summer sports and family areas, including space for soccer, cricket and football. Winter sports facilities will include a skating rink and toboggan hills.

"We very much look forward to seeing the completion of the park in the near future, when all residents can enjoy year-round activities," resident Ron Sarran said. 

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