Trees, commemorative spaces receive funds

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Funds to plant trees in River Heights was one of the top items at the May 31 City Centre community committee meeting.

In attendance were councillors John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry), Sherri Rollins (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry) and Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre).

Orlikow said he’s in favour of increasing the budget of the city’s forestry branch, and moved that $200,000 from the City Centre land dedication fund be given to the Parks and Open Space Division with the cost of the Supporting Reforestation in River Heights project.

“This money will help forestry over the next two years, primarily to replant boulevard trees,” Orlikow said. “Now we’ll see a variety of trees go in.”

He noted part of the funds will go to watering the new trees, which need support during their first couple of years. Many boulevard trees have been removed due to cottony ash psyllid, Dutch elm disease or general mortality.

The three councillors went on to vote for $250 from each of their wards for a total of $750 for Trees Please Winnipeg, and also $1,582 to Crescent Park Rescue to assist with the cost of purchasing work equipment for eight summer youth workers at Crescent Drive Park.

The Italian Canadian League of Manitoba will receive $5,343 from the River Heights land dedication fun to build a Remembrance Garden.

“The Caboto Centre is on leased land in the Brockville neighbourhood,” Orlikow said. “They’re working on a soccer pitch and this serenity garden that will be open to all, with benches and trees.”

According to the application, the Remembrance Garden will be a place to allow seniors and families to visit the commemorative wall behind the piazza at the Caboto Centre and reflect on passed loved ones.

For minutes from the meeting, see https://bit.ly/34NCsGm

 

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