Big plans for St. Boniface


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This article was published 06/08/2019 (1396 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Big things are happening for St. Boniface recreation this year and next.

With some projects near completion, about to begin, or in the planning stages, I wanted to give the community a mid summer roundup of some of the community level parks and recreational investments were working on! In particular, I’ll be focusing today on our plans for PREP, the Parks and Recreation Enhancement Program, which each ward is allocated roughly $200,000 per year.

Burmac Park: $102,000

The playground and park at the corner of Capston Road and Burmac Road in Southdale is scheduled for a complete rehabilitation. At about $102,000 out of the 2019 PREP budget it will be the signature major park upgrade of this round. The project was to take place at the end of the year, but due to a large number of playground projects bid on in 2019, it will happen early 2020.

Seigneurie Park — Island Lakes to Sage Creek pathway: $10,000

My office has allocated $10,000 out of our 2019 PREP budget towards the creation of a pathway that will properly link Island Lakes with Sage Creek and the commercial businesses found there. Residents presently walk along an informal pathway between Boulevard de la Seigneurie, which doesn’t yet fully connect to the fully protected, pedestrian signalized crossing at Lagimodiere and Sage Creek. This pathway will formalize this link. The funds allocated will pay for the “parks” portion of the project. I expect to see this project funded and completed in 2020.

River access ramp: $45,000

A river access ramp is planned for the Red River skating trail, which is planned to go in near the foot of the Norwood Bridge. The budgeted $45,000 will be set aside as the final project cost is determined. When realized, this will bring the award-winning winter city fun at the Forks closer to and better part of St. Boniface. This project also continues the investment into the St Boniface riverbank, further extending the footprint of its recent enhancements.

Holden Park swingset: $30,000

On Fri. Aug. 2, the ribbon was officially cut on a brand-new swing set for the residents of the small “Holden” community, at the corner of Dugald and Lagimodiere. This amenity will benefit the small but deserving community of youth and families who have made that charming neighbourhood home.

After a few years where St Boniface PREP was focused on major parks rehabilitations such as at Happyland and Windsor Park, it’s been exciting to spread the investments around this year, and plant the seed of some exciting future initiatives.

Matt Allard

Matt Allard
St. Boniface ward report

Matt Allard is the city councillor for St. Boniface.

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