Improvements coming to eastern Southdale


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This article was published 05/08/2020 (1031 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Eastern Southdale is about to receive two long awaited upgrades.

Using dollars from the St. Boniface ward’s 2019 parks recreation enhancement program, Burmac Park (at the corner of Capston Road and Burmac Road) is seeing its playground fully rehabilitated. Work began in early July and is expected to be completed by the end of August, in time for families to use during the fall.

Playground renovations at Burmac Park include a new play structure, a slide, climbing components, play panels, motion components and a swing set. New site improvements include a park pathway, timber fencing, park sign, sand box, new park benches, a waste receptacle and picnic table.

Wikimedia Commons What would you like to see done with the greenspace at the Royal Canadian Mint?

This park was originally scheduled to receive it’s upgrade in 2019, however a fire at the factory of the company which won the contract to construct it temporarily delayed those plans. The project was again postponed in early 2020 due to production delays as a result of COVID-19.

However, the project happily began a few weeks ahead of its revised schedule and thus will be available for use this year by area families.

Elsewhere, students and young people going to Shamrock School on Beaverhill Boulevard from the east side of Southdale and Southland Park will soon have safer and more pleasant access. Construction will begin in early August that will run from the intersection of Cliffwood Drive and Capston Road to the intersection of Shamrock Drive and Newcroft Road.

Its route will jog south of Cliffwood, run along Newcroft Road beside the park, turn left along the south side of Shamrock Drive, then connect via crosswalk to the existing north side sidewalk.

This will build on the previously constructed Highway 59 sidewalk, providing a safer route for Southland Park students to walk along Lagimodiere Boulevard to Burmac Road from East Mint Place.

I’d also like to hear the community’s thoughts on Burmac Forest and the Mint lands beside it.

I and others in the community have long dreamed of ‘activating’ that green recreational space for the neighbourhood. Perhaps a system of low-impact pathways through the forest? Some changes to the grounds of the Mint that could make it more usable for recreation, relaxation, and beautification?

We have this large, incredible and nationally significant green space in Southdale. Working with our federal partners, could we do more with it?

I’d like to hear what you think. Get in touch at

Matt Allard

Matt Allard
St. Boniface ward report

Matt Allard is the city councillor for St. Boniface.

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