WINNIPEG, MB - July 20, 2012 - A beautiful and inviting urban green space has come to life behind the Millennium Library in downtown Winnipeg. The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister for Western Economic Diversification, the Honourable Ron Lemieux, Minister of Local Government, Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz and other dignitaries, gathered today to officially open the park.
This active and viable green space includes a Learning Commons, urban wetland, Millennium Plaza and Prairie Garden. The City and Downtown BIZ will work together to offer educational and cultural programming, as well as recreational and entertainment events.
Under the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF), the joint federal-provincial-municipal funding to the Millennium Library Park totals $2.1 million ($700,000 from each level of government)
"The new Millennium Library Park is an example of the Government of Canada's commitment to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity here in Winnipeg," said Minister Toews. "By investing in community spaces and local infrastructure, we are securing the continued success of our cities while providing a solid platform for future growth."
"Library resources are a gift to the mind, and this new park is a gift to our spirit of wellbeing by providing a relaxing atmosphere where people and families can enjoy and appreciate nature in the midst of Winnipeg's downtown," said Minister Lemieux. "A successful partnership toward a common goal has made the merging of these two gifts possible."
"I hope Winnipeggers will visit this new outdoor space now that it has been entirely revitalized," said Mayor Sam Katz. "This new urban green space is a wonderful complement to the Millennium Library and will be a welcome oasis for downtown workers and visitors alike."
The Millennium Library Park redevelopment was spearheaded by the Winnipeg Library Foundation, which has worked to raise funds to enhance Winnipeg Public Library programs and services for over 15 years. This initiative is the Foundation's largest project since the redevelopment of the Millennium Library in 2005. Fundraising is continuing for additional enhancements to the park, and opportunities are still available for corporate or individual sponsorship of some significant park features.
"We know that projects like Millennium Library Park don't happen without the support and cooperation of elected officials, civic leaders, and concerned citizens," said Karen Keppler, Past Chair of the Winnipeg Library Foundation. "Once again, it's gratifying to see years of hard work pay off and we are so grateful for all the people who helped make it happen."
Two public artworks, emptyful and Sentinel of Truth are also integral to the revitalization of the park. These works, created through the Winnipeg Arts Council, were conceived of and planned as part of the project from the very beginning of the renovation process.
"Including art in the planning of public spaces is a sure sign that Winnipeg continues to be an enlightened and progressive city," said Laird Rankin, a representative of the Winnipeg Arts Council. "One of the Council's goals is to provide the citizens of Winnipeg with access to the arts; emptyful does this in a big way, both literally and figuratively."
The Downtown BIZ coordinates many events and programs in the downtown each year. With the opening of the Millennium Library Park, the BIZ sees ongoing opportunities to coordinate programming efforts with groups such as the Millennium Library - with initiatives and events like our Out to Lunch concert series and Yoga and Zumba in the Park – helping support a collective vision in making our downtown a vibrant and engaging place to work, shop, live and play.
"Green spaces like the Millennium Library Park help foster connections between communities and the natural environment, allowing for a more breathable and liveable city," said Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. "The Millennium Library Park will positively shape and re-energize our downtown, playing an important role in providing families, youth, students and kids a place to learn, play, hang out and share experiences."
WINNIPEG, MB - July 20, 2012 - Beginning Monday, July 23, 2012, the City of Winnipeg Insect Control Branch will treat American Elm trees on public property utilizing Dursban Turf® (Chlorpyrifos) - weather permitting. The program is intended to control elm bark beetles, the carriers of Dutch Elm Disease (DED).
Spraying of trees will occur between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, weather permitting.
Treatment will take place in various locations throughout the city where DED has claimed American Elm trees. Also, as a preventative measure the City treats areas with large stands of American Elms on a two year rotational basis. This year these areas include:
Boulevard trees in portions of Insect Management Areas 10, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 38, 40 and 41.
Insect Management Area
North St. Boniface, Tissot, Central St. Boniface, Dufresne, Mission Industrial, Holden
Glenwood, Norwood East, Norwood West
Alpine Place, Elm Park, Lavalee, St. George, Varennes, Worthington
Kingston Crescent, Minnetonka, Norberry, Pulberry, Victoria Crescent
Maple Grove Park, Normand Park, River Park South, St. Vital Centre, Vista
St. Vital Perimeter South
La Barriere, Parc La Salle, Perrault, Richmond Lakes, St. Norbert, Trappistes, Turnbull Drive
Agassiz, Cloutier Drive, Fort Richmond, Montcalm, University
Beaumont, Crescent Park, Maybank, Parker, Point Road, Wildwood
Betsworth, Ridgewood South, River West Park, Roblin Park, Southboine, Westdale
Edgeland, Old Tuxedo, South Tuxedo, Tuxedo,
Central River Heights, J.B. Mitchell, Mathers, Sir John Franklin, South River Heights
Crescentwood, North River Heights, Wellington Crescent
Earl Grey, Ebby Wentworth, Grant Park, McMillan, Rockwood, Roslyn
Lord Roberts, River - Osborne, Riverview
Bruce Park, Deer Lodge, King Edward
Kensington, Minto, Polo Park, St Matthews, West Wolseley
Armstrong Point, Broadway - Assiniboine, Legislature, Portage & Main, South Portage, The Forks, West Broadway, Wolseley
Treatment will be conducted utilizing Dursban Turf® (Chlorpyrifos), a chemical product, which is sprayed from portable sprayers directly onto the lower 50cm of the tree trunk. This product has been approved for use in Canada by Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency, and will be used in accordance with federally approved label directions by licensed pesticide applicators.
Citizens may register for email notification regarding defoliator and/or adult mosquito and/or gypsy moth control programs by visiting the Insect Control website. They can also register for telephone notification by calling 311 and leaving their name, address and phone number. Once registered, residents will receive automated phone or email notification identifying the area(s) of the City in which the Insect Control crews are intending to work, weather permitting.
Interested individuals may acquire more information by contacting 311, or by visiting the City's Insect Control website.