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Valour Community Centre Orioles site recently celebrated improvements to its facility grounds at 448 Burnell St. when members of the public were invited to a community event in late June.
The City of Winnipeg unveiled the improvements including new benches, new community garden beds, and a bike track with unique elements, during the June 26 event.
Over 100 people attended the community event with children from local schools who were eager to see the grounds. Snacks were provided, and kids were treated to face painting.
The site is one of the oldest community club locations in Winnipeg, opening its doors in the West End in 1948. The building hosts a variety of sport and fitness activities including the long-running Orioles Boxing Club. The facility acts as a hub for community programs supporting nearby students, families, and seniors.
"This investment in Valour Community Centre Orioles site will ensure families can continue to gather and enjoy this community site as they have for many years," said Coun. Mike Pagtakhan, chair of the standing policy committee on protection, community services and parks. "It’s important to update and enhance spaces that are valued by area residents. I encourage families to visit the park this summer and enjoy its new features."
The total cost of improvements at the site is $240,000. Features include a new bike path, light standards along the sidewalk on St. Matthews Avenue, aesthetic image panels, benches, a picnic table, bike rack, waste receptacles, fencing, trees, and freshly planted grass surrounding the new pathway.
"Community centres are the core of our communities," said Coun. Cindy Gilroy, (Daniel McIntyre). "The Valour Community Centre Orioles site has a 70-year history in the West End and continues to serve families in the area, which is why I am so pleased to see the redevelopment of the facility grounds. By working together with the City, community groups, and local residents, we were able to provide the community a new place to meet and spend time.
"The grounds were a result of a consultation with community and their desire to see new improved grounds. We built new raised garden beds as urban agriculture was seen as a priority also with the new bike/scooter track which was built as a result of the already established Orioles Bike program and the new bike greenway that is being developed along Banning. The event was about bringing the community together for a new improved community space and making sure that we have public spaces that people of all ages could use and enjoy," added Gilroy, who as a child attended dances and played ringette at the centre.
South Osborne community correspondent
Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for South Osborne.