Monday, December 12, 2011

New Park in Sinclair area

December 9, 2011


Winnipeg, MB. -The ability to access programs that support and promote sport and active lifestyles has improved greatly for residents of the Northwest corner of Winnipeg with the opening of the newly expanded Sinclair Park Community Centre.
The $4.68-million project was made possible as a result of funding from the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg.
On hand to officially open the new facility today were the Honourable Steve Ashton, provincial Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation, Lawrence Toet, Member of Parliament for Elmwood-Transcona, Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz and Sinclair Park Community Centre President Ed Shore.
“By working together with the Federal Government and the City of Winnipeg, the families in this community have a new recreation centre to enjoy for many, many years,” said Minister Ashton. “This new facility will offer more recreational opportunities for everyone and it’ll be a gathering centre where everyone is welcome.”
“By working together with the Government of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg to improve Sinclair Park Community Centre, our Government has created jobs and economic opportunities right here in Winnipeg, while providing the community with a great recreational facility to enjoy for many years to come,” said MP Toet, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.
“I’ve often said that one of the greatest investments we can ever make for our families and young people is to invest in our community infrastructure, and I am proud that the City of Winnipeg took a leading role committing over $2 million to make the redevelopment of Sinclair Park in the City’s North End a reality,” said Mayor Katz. 
“Our new facility has been met with great excitement by everyone in our community. With the opening of our new centre we can now offer a greater variety of much-needed programming for our area,” said President Shore. “Our new, full-size gym is a great addition to the community centre, with many kids coming out to play floor hockey, basketball and many other sports. We are now seeing so many different age groups that were not utilizing our facility before. It is now a great place for everyone in our area to meet and just get together.”
Following LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) practices, the new facility incorporates an existing steel framed structure into a new design that features: a regulation-size gymnasium, a large multi-purpose room, new change rooms, a commercial kitchen, a fully renovated basement and a new parking lot complete with priority car pool and electric car stalls.
The Sinclair Park Community Centre project has been given a Power Smart Designation from Manitoba Hydro. The facility’s overall energy performance is 42 per cent above Model National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (MNEBC) requirements and includes energy efficient features such as: highly insulated walls, roof and floors, ventilation heat recovery and demand control ventilation.
In addition, the facility also received a full Winnipeg Accessibility Award for including features that exceeded accessibility design standards for the City of Winnipeg. These inclusive design features include directional tiles, colour and textured flooring, and highly accessible entrance ways – all of which welcome a variety of users to the facility.
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