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A grant of $6,000 was presented to Niverville Communities in Bloom for the construction of the new Niverville Heritage Wall, in a Friday ceremony at the Heritage Centre Gardens.
The grant, presented by Springfield-Ritchot MLA Ron Schuler came from the Fall Heritage Grant Program.
Representing about 17 percent of the total estimated $35,000 cost, the funds are welcome according to wall committee member Henry Friesen.
"The $6,000 was a very nice top up," he said.
The Heritage Wall will be 64 feet long, built out of three types of metal, and will depict Niverville’s history.
Friesen said the idea had its origins in 2016, when a wall was built at Upper Fort Garry. At 400 feet long built of metal and lights, that project cost closer to $3.5 million.
While the Niverville plans are more modest, Friesen said they are excited about the look of the planned wall.
The Niverville wall will be made out of three types of metal, including stainless steel, a type of metal that will be pre-rusted, and regular sheet metal. It will be covered in an anti-graffiti coating.
It will include history beginning with the aboriginal and indigenous perspective, and include the round elevator, Rat River landing, an ox-cart to honour the Crow Wing Trail, and will end with a look to the future.
"We want to feature the iconic things that make up Niverville’s history, but also make sure we cover the front and the back end to make sure we have an entire history," he said.
Friesen said the wall will bring another attraction to their Main Street, and will become a symbol that is well known in Manitoba.
"We expect that if people want to say where they’re at, that they’ll be able to say we’re at the Heritage Wall and everybody will know where it is," he said.
The committee had originally anticipated the wall would be built in 2020, but Friesen said project delays mean it will likely go up in spring 2021.
Ron Schuler told those gathered this was an example of their tax money coming back to them, and said the government is excited to be a part of this venture.
"This community is rapidly growing and bringing new opportunities to its residents and surrounding communities; being able to commemorate its past and recognizing its roots is always a good reminder of how a town can grow together and flourish in changing times," he said.