New Splash Pad Being Added To St. James-Assiniboia Centennial Pool Complex
Released: 10:00 a.m.
WINNIPEG, MB - July 25, 2012 - The new splash pad being added to the St. James-Assiniboia Centennial Pool complex will provide a fun water activity and give youngsters in the area a cool option on hot summer days, Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau and Mayor Sam Katz announced today.
“Outdoor play areas like splash pads are a safe way for children of all ages to enjoy refreshing water activities on hot summer days,” said Minister Rondeau, who was speaking on behalf of Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux. “Provincial support of recreational sites like the St. James-Assiniboia Centennial Pool complex clearly demonstrates the importance we place on encouraging individuals and families to keep fit by taking part in healthy outdoor activities.”
The project, located at 664 Parkdale Street, includes a new splash pad with 14 above-ground spray features, five ground spray features, picnic tables, benches, pathways and landscaping. The Building Communities Initiative (BCI) is providing $500,000 to the project, cost-shared equally by the city and province.
“This new splash pad will be a wonderful addition to the existing recreational complex, which is already a popular destination for the Crestview-Westwood community,” said Mayor Katz. “The splash pad will provide families with another safe, fun, recreational option in support of active, healthy lifestyles.”
In addition to the splash pad, the City of Winnipeg is also providing $250,000 to expand the adjoining parking lot and investing an additional $1.1 million in the St. James-Assiniboia Centennial Pool complex for a variety of new amenities including:
replacement of the original 40 year old boiler system and related works;
installation of ultra-violet disinfection system for reduced chemical use and greater bather comfort;
multi-purpose sport room flooring replacement; and
various locker replacements.
It is expected that all renovations will be completed this fall.
Splash pads have been in use by the City of Winnipeg for the past five years and have proven to be very popular, fun destination points. The City of Winnipeg currently operates nine splash pads.
Since 2010, $10 million in BCI funding has been committed to 39 approved neighbourhood infrastructure projects throughout Winnipeg and work on many of the projects has been completed.
The Building Communities Initiative (BCI) is a multi-year, cost-shared capital initiative developed jointly by the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg. The goal of BCI is to support community revitalization through improvements to local community infrastructure in targeted older neighbourhoods and contribute to the vitality, safety and health of communities throughout the city.
Ham Street south of Grassie Boulevard to close Changes will improve traffic flow and safety in Harbourview South, Kildonan Estates
Released: 11:18 a.m.
WINNIPEG, MB - July 25, 2012 - Citizens are being advised that as of Tuesday, August 7, 2012 the connection of Ham Street south of Grassie Boulevard will be permanently closed to traffic, part of an overall program to improve traffic in the Harbourview South/Kildonan Estates area.
The closure will help to improve traffic flow and enhance safety in the area. This section of roadway had been in place to accommodate construction vehicles during the development of Harbourview South Phase II, but was never intended to be a permanent roadway. Since construction of the development is nearly complete, this service road will no longer be required.
Once closed, construction will begin immediately to re-design the street. Ham Street will terminate in a cul-du-sac north of Williamson Crescent, and a paved pathway will be developed from the new cul-du-sac to Grassie to maintain access for cyclists and pedestrians. The cul-du-sac will accommodate vehicles on Ham Street from the south and will be signed at Williamson Crescent as a no-thru street. Landscaping will also take place to improve this area.
Permanent access points into Harbourview South are McLellan Drive and Concordia Avenue East, and Silverfields Lane and Skowron Crescent for Kildonan Estates.
“The work that is being done to close off the street and enhance the neighbourhood is being done at no cost to the City,” said Transcona City Councillor, Russ Wyatt. “The decision to close this portion of Ham Street was included in the development agreement approved by City Council on June 29, 2005, therefore Qualico will be responsible for all of the costs.”
Prior to the decision at Council, the plan was considered at a community committee hearing in 2004.
This work is part of an overall program to improve traffic in the Harbourview South/Kildonan Estates area. Work during this construction season includes:
A new, full-size round-a-bout at Molson Street and Grassie Boulevard
Completion of Concordia Avenue East (by September 1, 2012)
New and expanded turning lanes at Grassie Boulevard and Lagimodiere Boulevard
Extension of the 44 Grey transit route on Concordia Avenue East
WINNIPEG, MB - July 25, 2012 - Regular programming will resume at the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre, 625 Osborne Street, on Thursday, July 26, at 6:00 a.m. The Osborne Library will open at its usual time of 1:00 p.m.
The City of Winnipeg Public Service closed the facility yesterday in order to make repairs to the mechanical cooling system.
The City would like to thank citizens for their patience during this time.