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Park a crown jewel of north Winnipeg
Our recent spring weather likely had many Winnipeggers thinking about the old phrase, "April showers bring May flowers." But, after a rainy day, the sun seems brighter and the weather’s nicer, and friends are friendlier.
When nice weather like this arrives, we try to enjoy it and not worry about the hustle and bustle of technology. For the past 100 years, the perfect place for people in the North End of the city to do this has been Kildonan Park.
Kildonan Park has always been a place for people of all ages. Families gather for picnics, friends gather for sports or games, and individuals go to exercise or train for a marathon.
If you grew up in the area, you can’t argue with the fact that some of our fondest memories were made there. It might be something as simple as scraping your knee on the path. You could have been plucking flowers from the gardens on a date. Maybe, you showed off your new car there. Perhaps, you even went there to celebrate a birthday, graduation or wedding.
Kildonan Park is not just another park. It’s also a symbol of unity for our community. Now with recent renovations that have been completed to the pool and play structure, this symbol can be appreciated even more.
The new pool isn’t just another outdoor pool. In a time of high gas prices, who needs to go to the beach; when there is one practically in your backyard? The new pool offers things for people of all ages in it’s beach setting. It also has a water slide, which can be enjoyed by someone as small as two feet tall to someone who is six feet tall.
A picnic can be enjoyed at the side of the pool, for retirees or for a sprouting family. Plus, the built-in splash park can be enjoyed by people of all ages since it is accessible for people of all abilities. Not only is the pool renovated, but the play structure by the pool entrance also has been redone.
The new playground for children is a colourful jungle. It is still surrounded with the beautiful scenery, but now has new, climbable rocks. Unlike the old structure, it is accessible to all children. The new structure allows kids to express their imagination for hours on end. Friendships are formed and play dates are made with a simple outing to the park.
Even though some may have mixed feelings about the new renovations, the new structure and pool are a picture-perfect moment waiting to happen.
Thankfully, the park is situated in the middle of three fabulous ice cream parlours: Scoops on Main and Jefferson, Scoops at 2494 Main St. (Riverbend) and the Spotted Cow on 27 Red River Blvd.
The combination of going to the park, enjoying a swim and indulging in some ice cream is a great way to describe a summer day. Residents of North Winnipeg are lucky to have all these features located just a few minutes from their backyards.
Christina Hryniuk is a West Kildonan-based writer.
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