Reno plans revealed for East End centre
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The City of Winnipeg invited residents to an open house on June 1 to discuss new plans for the East End Cultural and Leisure Centre (575 Larsen Ave.).
The event was the result of the Elmwood Recreation Review, which was completed by the City in 2011. The review involved public consultations with Elmwood residents and identified a number of sites in Elmwood and the surrounding area that could use improvements. The EECLC, along with the East Elmwood Community Centre, whose older site was destroyed by fire in March 2011, are identified in the document.
Kate MacKay is a project manager for the East End Cultural and Leisure Centre site and was at the open house. According to her, some of the design goals of the renovation of the Centre are to enhance family space in Elmwood and to connect the site to the Northeast Pioneers Greenway. by extending an asphalt trail.
Public consultations summarized in the Elmwood Recreation Review stressed that many community members walk or use the bus to get to recreation facilities. The trail, according to MacKay, will connect the centre to potential facility users from Elmwood High School.
Jason Schreyer, councillor for Elmwood-East Kildonan, was at the open house and said he wanted to see “people’s reactions,” adding that “so far. it’s been very good conversation.”
Betty Braun has lived near the EECLC for 25 years and was at the open house.
Braun said that the Centre has “deteriorated, so I’m glad it’s being refurbished” and noted that there is “always something in the Leisure Guide” that is held at the centre, so it’s “just a matter of people knowing” about the East End Centre’s programs to get more users from the area.
The Centre is “unique” according to Schreyer because there are “not many places that offer this type of cultural service. People come from around town to be here.”
Braun said she liked the spray pad features that have been installed at the Centre and she also liked the idea of connecting the site to the Northeast Pioneers Greenway.
Braun said the site was a safe “place for her kids to play” and that with the renovations “it will be a great place for my grandkids to play.”
Renovations are planned to start this August.
Dylon Martin is a community correspondent for Elmwood.
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Dylon Martin is a community correspondent for West Broadway.