Wednesday, August 27, 2014

More Update in community facilities

August 26, 2014


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Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program Providing Benefits for Communities: Minister Blady

The Manitoba government is investing more funding for public and not-for-profit community facilities to rehabilitate, upgrade and expand many of Winnipeg’s popular recreation options and create more green spaces for local families, Healthy Living and Seniors Minister Sharon Blady, on behalf of Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief, minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg, announced today.

“We are providing long-term, recreational and wellness benefits for communities,” said Minister Blady.  “These projects are providing opportunities for children and families to engage in recreational activities, giving them a positive outlet for their energy and providing a focus for family entertainment.”

As part of more than $630,000 announced today, the province is supporting the Westwood Community Child Care Inc. with $36,990 toward kitchen renovations.  The renovations will include new cabinetry, a triple sink, a separate hand-washing station, an upgraded floor surface and a reconfigured layout to allow for more storage.

“The renovation of our kitchen will improve our program in many ways,” said Tracy Bijl, executive director, Westwood Community Child Care Inc.  “We use this space, not only for cooking and as a snack/lunch room but as a vital part of our program.  Whether it’s presenting science experiments, turning the space into a haunted house or having an after-school dance off, this space is part of what makes our centre a community.” 

Other organizations in west Winnipeg receiving funding include the Westwood Presbyterian Church, The Oaks Neighborhood Association, Westwood Community Church, WRENCH, Council of South Sudanese of Manitoba, Artspace, Sunshine House Inc., Knox Centre, Royal Canadian Legion St. James #4, Deer Lodge Curling Club, Deer Lodge Community Centre, Taking Charge Inc., West Central Women’s Resource Centre and the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club.

The second application intake for the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program began on Apr. 14, making grants available for projects that will provide long-term recreational and wellness benefits to communities, Minister Blady said.  Projects involve rehabilitation, improvement or expansion of existing community assets such as athletic facilities, community centres, parks and cultural facilities.

The second application intake has closed and more projects will be announced shortly, the minister said.

The minister noted since the $7.5‑million, three-year program launched last year, the province has committed nearly $6.5 million toward more than 140 projects to upgrade community centres, parks, trails, bike paths, arenas and gyms in Winnipeg.

For more information about the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program (WCIP), go to:

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