Plans in the works for new recreation complex

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In 2018 a report on recreation was commissioned to study Transcona ‘s recreation needs. In our rapidly growing community, we have some areas that are lagging behind in recreation amenity space. 
Things such as ball fields, soccer fields, indoor hockey rinks, splash pads and wading pools have all been kept in pretty good shape. More is always needed but closure of the Transcona Kinsman Centennial Pool was suddenly added to budget discussionsin 2020 closure to save $1 million in renovations and operating costs. 
That news prompted residents like Claudette W. of Transcona to collect signatures and stage a protest to save our local pool.
The closure was eventually staved off – for now. But the pool is old and the facility no longer meets the needs of the community, from its changing rooms to its lack of accessibility to the state of the pool itself. 
Add the dated pool to the fact our area does not have a full-size gymnasium and we have a significant service gap.
That is why I am providing funds via the land dedication reserve to undertake an update to the East of the Red Recreation Complex plan. As part of planning we can see the update costs, look at opportunities for funding and work towards a complete community – one that offers a full range of services to its resident. 
As part of this update to the plan, there are plans for community engagement so that young to well-established residents can provide their thoughts and ideas on what is needed. 
The proposed location for a new recreation complex is on the lands surrounding the Transcona Library, and its addition would help complete the neighbourhood renewal of Park City Commons. 
If you want to learn more about the report as it stands today, please visit https://tinyurl.com/jehhc333 (or Google “City of Winnipeg East of the Red Recreation Plex”).
Working together and with involvement of all levels of government and our partners to realize this facility, our great community today will be an even better one in the future. 
Should you want to discuss this or other items of concern please call me at 204-986-8087 or email snason@winnipeg.ca

In 2018 a report on recreation was commissioned to study Transcona ‘s recreation needs. In our rapidly growing community, we have some areas that are lagging behind in recreation amenity space. 

Things such as ball fields, soccer fields, indoor hockey rinks, splash pads and wading pools have all been kept in pretty good shape. More is always needed but closure of the Transcona Kinsman Centennial Pool was suddenly added to budget discussionsin 2020 closure to save $1 million in renovations and operating costs. 

File photo by Sheldon Birnie City councillor Shawn Nason (far left) joined Transcona residents in February 2020 at the Transcona Kinsmen Centennial Pool to voice their opposition to the City's proposal to shutter the pool.

That news prompted residents like Claudette W. of Transcona to collect signatures and stage a protest to save our local pool.

The closure was eventually staved off — for now. But the pool is old and the facility no longer meets the needs of the community, from its changing rooms to its lack of accessibility to the state of the pool itself. 

Add the dated pool to the fact our area does not have a full-size gymnasium and we have a significant service gap.

That is why I am providing funds via the land dedication reserve to undertake an update to the East of the Red Recreation Complex plan. As part of planning we can see the update costs, look at opportunities for funding and work towards a complete community — one that offers a full range of services to its resident. 

As part of this update to the plan, there are plans for community engagement so that young to well-established residents can provide their thoughts and ideas on what is needed. 

The proposed location for a new recreation complex is on the lands surrounding the Transcona Library, and its addition would help complete the neighbourhood renewal of Park City Commons. 

If you want to learn more about the report as it stands today, please visit https://tinyurl.com/jehhc333 (or Google “City of Winnipeg East of the Red Recreation Plex”).

Working together and with involvement of all levels of government and our partners to realize this facility, our great community today will be an even better one in the future. 

Should you want to discuss this or other items of concern please call me at 204-986-8087 or email snason@winnipeg.ca

Shawn Nason

Shawn Nason
Transcona ward report

Shawn Nason is the city councillor for Transcona ward.

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