Tourism and recreation projects in the Southeast are benefitting from an infusion of federal funds announced last week.
Federal and local officials gathered Friday at The Forks in Winnipeg to detail $10.8 million that will be spread among 39 projects in Manitoba’s hard-hit travel, tourism, and recreation sectors.
The RM of La Broquerie received the largest sum in the Southeast—$250,000—to build an outdoor skating rink and three playgrounds.
Details of the outdoor rink have yet to be finalized, but Dave Little, the RM’s leisure services coordinator, said the largest of the three playgrounds will be built on the recreation campus near the HyLife Centre. It will feature an all-ages accessible design with wheelchair-friendly amenities like a ground-level carousel and perimeter pathway.
A second, smaller playground geared toward toddlers will be built along Granger Street. A third playground will be built in Marchand on the Community Club grounds.
Little said the playgrounds will be installed by the end of August. In addition to the federal funds, the RM is contributing $250,000 while the province is contributing $75,000, Little said.
Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach received $30,000 to develop walking trails.
Rosenort Community Centre Inc. was given $110,000 to build new outdoor spaces at the Westfield Park and Arena.
The RM of Ste Anne was allotted $11,773 to expand the paved walking path network in Richer.
Ste Agathe (Community Development Inc. received $128,820 to build washrooms and a playground at Cheyenne Park.
Pineridge Hollow in the RM of Springfield received $99,999 to develop 12 acres of forest space for fall and winter recreational activities. Skating trails, Indigenous teaching guides, outdoor classrooms, and self-guided meditation spaces are planned.
The Manitoba Hotel Association received $219,000 to help its members digitize and adapt to post-pandemic economic realities.
Travel Manitoba will use its $350,000 grant to create a Manitoba Destination Development Framework to guide local investments that support tourism recovery.