Collaboration with LRSD improves facilities


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This article was published 15/06/2022 (352 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

One of the highlights of my career as a councillor has been the collaborative work I have done with Louis Riel School Division. The most recent project to be approved is a replacement play structure at Victor H. L. Wyatt school. Funded with St. Vital ward funds, a contribution from the province and the LRSD, it is to be installed this summer. Why is there a city play structure on school division land? It’s a long story, but luckily the three levels of government worked together to find the funds to replace the aging structure.

On one of my long runs, I thought about the list of projects I have worked on with LRSD in the past four years and came up with 27 different projects. The list includes:

• Grants for all seven of LRSD’s high schools; including a new basketball court at Glenlawn Collegiate, new tennis courts at Dakota Collegiate and $500,000 in city funds towards the new community theatre space at Collège Jeanne-Sauvé;

LRSD trustee Chris Sigurdson (left) and Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital) show off artist’s renderings of the new play structure to be built at Victor H.L. Wyatt School.

• Grants for other LRSD K-8 schools in the St. Vital ward, including new play structures at Victor H.L. Wyatt and Dr. D. W. Penner, basketball upgrades at Lavallee, Minnetonka and Windsor and a new running track at Victor Mager;

• Grants for schools that serve students of St. Vital, despite being outside ward boundaries, including a new play structure at H.S. Paul, a basketball court rebuild at Collège Béliveau, jointly funded with MLA Audrey Gordon, and funds for Nelson McIntyre’s “backyard project”;

• Small grants for sports equipment at École Sage Creek School, J.H. Bruns, and others;

• Grants for an outdoor classroom at École Varennes, a hydrology table at St. George and a walking path at École Marie-Anne-Gaboury/Hastings.

There are many projects not listed that will also help St. Vital students and their families. Other school divisions are now taking note of what’s been happening with LRSD, and have come together with the city to rebuild two aging outdoor running tracks at Garden City and River East Collegiate.

We have a lot to be proud of in St. Vital, including the modernized recreation, play and art facilities generated by collaboration between the city and the Louis Riel School Division.

Brian Mayes

Brian Mayes
St. Vital ward report

Brian Mayes is the city councillor for St. Vital.

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