Group has high hopes for outdoor gym plan


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Lord Selkirk-West Kildonan Community Committee

July  14 meeting highlights

• A local group is hopeful its plans for an outdoor gym in Kildonan Park will work out.
Friends of Kildonan Park made a presentation to the committee requesting a $43,096 community incentive grant to go toward purchasing and installing outdoor exercise equipment in an area of Kildonan Park.

Photo courtesy of Bob Milan Friends of Kildonan Park would like to see outdoor exercise equipment, similar to that pictured in Primrose Hill in London, England, installed in Kildonan Park.

Friends of Kildonan Park vice-chair Bob Milan told committee the inspiration was an outdoor exercise area he visited in Primrose Hill in London, England. The group said the Kildonan Park version would feature severe climate-proof exercise equipment, complete with QR codes so users can obtain instructional videos.

“I know there are lots of people that would enjoy working out while they’re in Kildonan Park, with their families or part of their walking routine. There should be a place where people can really use the outdoors to get fit,” Diane Cameron, Friends of Kildonan Park chair, told The Times.

Committee laid over the matter to its January, 2016 meeting. However, Couns. Ross Eadie, Devi Sharma and Mike Pagtakhan all shared their support for the idea.
Cameron said the group will continue to look for funding for its outdoor gym project.

Friends of Kildonan Park will hold its annual meeting on Wed., Sept. 23 at Kildonan
United Church (187 Kilbride Ave.) at 7:30 p.m.

• BEEP (Balanced Experiential Education Program) at Constable Edward Finney School and Elwick Community School each received a $200 grant from Coun. Sharma to assist with the cost of bus transportation for summer field trips. BEEP at Margaret Park Community School received a $314 grant from Coun. Eadie.

• Casa do Minho Portuguese Centre received a $200 grant from Coun. Pagtakhan for its Folklorama event.

• People on Powers Tenant Advisory Committee received a $300 grant from Coun. Eadie to go toward its barbecue event.

• Randy Viray Financial Services received a $500 grant, total, from Couns. Pagtakhan and Sharma to help with the cost of its annual golf tournament, which was held on July 17.

• Miss Teenage Canada contestant Mikaela Hope Abraham-Mendez received a $200 grant, total, from Couns. Sharma and Pagtakhan to assist with the pageant entry fee. Miss Teenage Canada will be held in Toronto on Aug. 9.

• The 2015 McBeth Landing Block Party received a $300 grant from Coun. Sharma to go toward its Aug. 23 event.

• Committee recommended to the standing policy committee on protection and community services that the eligibility criteria for a community incentive grant be waived and that a $20,000 community incentive grant from Mynarski ward be approved to the Winnipeg Library Foundation Inc. for its St. John’s Library revitalization project.

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