Apee Panchhi Park officially open

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A new park in the Park City was officially opened on Aug. 5.

Representatives from all levels of government were on hand to celebrate the opening of Apee Panchhi Park with the park’s namesake.

“All I can say is it’s a great honour,” Panchhi told The Herald. “I never expected, doing the community work for the last 25 years that I would receive such an honour.”

SUPPLIED PHOTO Local politicians and community members turned out for the grand opening of Apee Panchhi Park in West Transcona on Aug. 5. Pictured, from left: MLA Ron Schuler, (St. Paul), Coun. Devi Sharma (Old Kildonan), Coun. Russ Wyatt (Transcona), Harinder Cheema, former MLAs Gulzar Cheema (Kildonan) and Bidhu Jha (Radisson), Abdo El Tassi, Apee Panchhi, Mandeep Panchhi, MLA James Teitsma (Radisson), MLA Cindy Lamoureaux, (Burrows) , Coun. Janice Lukes (South Winnipeg-St Norbert).

Panchhi immigrated to Canada in 1977. He helped establish the Guru Nanak Darbar (900 McLeod Ave.), supported the Guru Nanak Charitable Mission Hospital in his hometown of Jalandhar, Punjab, India, and is a supporter of the Concordia Hospital Foundation.

“Mr. Apee Panchhi is an example of the Canadian dream,” Coun. Russ Wyatt (Transcona) said. “He’s set a standard as a role model for others hopefully to follow. We wanted to recognize that, while also recognizing you can be from humble beginnings, from anywhere in the world, and come to Canada, and if you’re prepared to work hard, you can make something for the good of your family and your community.”

“You don’t get involved in charity hoping something like this will happen,” Panchhi said. “So it was a surprise.”

Apee Panchhi Park is located on El Tassi Drive at Fiorentino Street.

“The location is very important,” Wyatt explained. “The area is very diverse and we wanted to reflect that. We want to recognize the diversity of our communities.”

The park connects to an active transportation pathway, and features a new play structure, swing set, benches, mini soccer field, as well as new trees and fencing.

“It’s a very nice for the community,” Panchhi said. “We’re hoping to do a yearly event there for the neighbourhood, for the children.”

Construction on the park began in fall 2016 with a total budget of $266,800 coming from the City of Winnipeg and the developer, North Grassie Properties Inc.

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