Plenty of upgrades and changes in our area


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This article was published 10/08/2022 (296 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Several noteworthy developments in Whyte Ridge that are either currently underway or starting in the fall.

Construction of the spray pad at Whyte Ridge Community Centre began on July 18 with site services and grading. The concrete will be poured in September, with construction scheduled to be completed in October, ready for the kids to enjoy next June.

Other projects being planned include the installation of benches, trees and hopefully asphalting of the paths next year, and it was great to see the Trans-Canada Trail signs installed on the interpretive trail. Tree installation will likely tap into the federal funding provided this year for tree planting. The $7.3 million from the federal budget will be used to expand Winnipeg’s urban forest renewal program over the next few years, for boulevards, active transport pathways, parks, and native woodlands and forests.

The new spray pad at Whyte Ridge Community Centre is slated to be finished by October.

There are several projects occurring outside the community centre. As reported previously, traffic lights will be installed at several locations along McGillivray Boulevard, including at McCreary Road, with a crosswalk being planned near Front Street — likely co-ordinated with the new Buffalo Crossing facility planned for the south end of Fort Whyte Alive. A left-turn signal will be installed at the intersection of Kenaston Common Drive and McGillivray, to reduce frustration for drivers and improving traffic flow and safety in the area.

Several roads in Whyte Ridge are also receiving maintenance. Caldwell Crescent, Hillberry Bay, and Shillingstone Road are getting asphalt resurfacing. Brady Road and two road loops off McGillivray (Front Street, Sigma Avenue and Alpha Street; and Post Street, Sigma Avenue and Dunkley Street) will receive gravel resurfacing.

Despite two challenging years of pandemic disruption, the community centre’s sports programs had a successful spring. It was reportedly the most successful season on record for basketball, with three teams playing making it to the city championships. Soccer registration was lower than 2015, but more than in the past two years, and almost 80 volunteers helped with the program. A volunteer appreciation night was held on June 25 to thank people for all the help provided with sports programs.

The Pembina Active Living group continues to thrive at the community centre, with a picnic and membership drive being held at the St. Norbert’s Farmers’ Market Site on Tuesday Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nick Barnes

Nick Barnes
Whyte Ridge community correspondent

Nick Barnes is a community correspondent for Whyte Ridge.

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