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This article was published 19/5/2015 (1742 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The Women’s Soccer World Cup is coming to St. Vital, and this column celebrates the upcoming Women’s World Cup games in Winnipeg, and how some political teamwork among different levels of government can score for the local community.
I have joined with my colleagues Shelly Glover (MP for Saint Boniface) and Nancy Allan (MLA for St. Vital) on a number of fine initiatives, such as arena upgrades at Glenwood Community Centre, but the biggest project to get support from all three levels of government is the new soccer turf pitch and clubhouse upgrades at Memorial Park on Fermor (next to Glenlawn Collegiate and the YMCA).
The federal government led off by securing the Women’s World Cup for Canada in 2016, and by selecting Winnipeg as one of six host cities for that competition.
Once Winnipeg was chosen as one of these host cities, Nancy Allan swung into action to get Memorial Park named as one of the World Cup practice facilities. I supported Nancy on this, as the practice facilities (and there were many Winnipeg locations in the running to be named) all received artificial turf surfaces, which extends the playing season and makes for a higher quality pitch. In 2013 Memorial Park received the go-ahead as a World Cup practice site, and MLA Allan announced $900,000 in provincial funding to install a turf field.
This left a final challenge — the aging Memorial Park fieldhouse, which appeared unchanged from the days when it served as headquarters for my junior high track meets in the mid-1970s. Last year, I was delighted to announce that city would provide $435,000 and the province another $65,000, to upgrade the fieldhouse to modern standards. This will allow the Bonivital Soccer Club (another great St. Vital resource) to use the fieldhouse for its office space on a year-round basis.
The new soccer pitch is in place, benefiting Bonivital Soccer and Glenlawn Collegiate even before the World Cup arrives. As of this writing, we don’t know which team or teams will practice at Memorial, but whoever is coming it will be great to see St. Vital’s role on the world stage.
It has been a pleasure to work with MP Glover and MLA Allan over the past few years, and we have been able to put aside any partisan differences to cooperate on projects that will benefit St. Vitalers for many years to come.
St. Vital city council ward report
Brian Mayes is the city councillor for St. Vital.