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November 9, 2012

Neighbourhoods across Winnipeg benefit from Building Communities Initiative II Phase One projects

Released: 11:01 a.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - Neighbourhoods across Winnipeg have been revitalized and enhanced with upgrades and improvements to community recreational facilities through Phase One of the Building Communities Initiative II (BCI II).

Since 2010, the Manitoba Government and the City of Winnipeg have committed $10 Million in BCI funds to 38 approved neighbourhood infrastructure projects throughout Winnipeg. Work on 32 of the projects has been completed and work on the remaining six is underway for completion in 2013.

“Many older Winnipeg neighbourhoods have been significantly enhanced and re-energized because of these BCI projects over the past two years,” said local Government Minister Ron Lemieux. “My government is pleased to continue to partner with the City of Winnipeg on initiatives that so clearly strengthen communities and benefit local residents and businesses.”

“Enhancing these recreational facilities throughout our City is another example of government working together to provide Winnipeggers more venues for active living and enjoying the outdoors," said Mayor Sam Katz. "These upgrades will provide safe, welcoming environments for residents to enjoy for many years to come.”

The Building Communities Initiative (BCI) II 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.

Completed BCI II Phase One projects include:

Park Infrastructure Renewal:

  • Peri Green Park - play structure, pathway,  site works
  • Fort Rouge Park - pathways, lighting, drainage improvements, site furnishings
  • Joe Malone Park - play structure, pathways, parking lot, tennis courts, landscaping
  • Winakwa Community Centre - play structure, site works
  • Frontenac Park - play structure, site works
  • Ecole St. Avila School/Richmond Kings Community Centre - play structure, water conservation demonstration project
  • Dalhousie Forest Park - play structure, pathways, drainage improvements
  • Ducharme Park - play structure, site works
  • Tanner Tot Lot - play structure, site works
  • Weinberg Tot Lot - play structure,site works
  • Newton Tot Lot - play structure, site works
  • Sir John Franklin Community Centre - play structure, tennis courts
  • Dorge Park - lighting
  • Weston Memorial Community Centre - parking lot, hockey pen
  • Garden City Collegiate - tennis and basketball courts
  • Maples Community Centre - new basketball and tennis court development 
  • Elwick Park/Recreation Site - new basketball court, site paving, drainage  

Athletic Field Renewals:

  • Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre - new baseball diamond, soccer pitch, drainage
  • Vince Leah Community Centre - baseball field redevelopment , drainage 

Spray Pads:

  • St. Norbert Community Centre - spray pad addition
  • Shaughnessy Park - spray pad, site improvements
  • Pacific Dee Park/Eldon Ross - spray features, site improvements
  • River East Arena - new spray pad 
  • St. James-Assiniboia Centennial Pool - spray pad 
  • Westdale Pool - spray pad 

Community Centre Renovations / Expansions:

  • Winakwa Community Centre - building renovations and expansion
  • Southdale Community Centre - facility expansion 
  • North Kildonan Community Centre Renovations - building upgrades
  • Orioles Community Centre Renovations - accessibility improvements and upgrades

Streetscaping Projects:

  • Transcona BIZ streetscaping 
  • Corydon BIZ streetscape enhancement
  • St. Norbert Gateway signage and landscaping on Pembina Highway

Weekend weather may impact service

Released: 4:07 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - The public is advised about potential impacts to service that may result from this weekend's weather.

Winnipeg Transit

Winnipeg Transit wishes to advise its customers that disruptions to all Regular and Handi-Transit service are possible in the event of heavy snowfall accumulations this weekend.

Customers can get the latest service information, including delays and cancellations at, on Twitter @transitalerts or call 311.

Water and Waste

In the event of a heavy snowfall, keep all garbage carts off the street or backlane when snow plows are out. If Monday is your collection day, please don't put your carts out the night before to allow for snow clearing.

Customers are also reminded that curbside yard waste pickup will continue next week, which is the last week that it is scheduled.

Sanding / Snow Clearing

Sanding and snow clearing operations, carried out under City Council's Snow and Ice Clearing Policy, would be announced to the public as conditions develop.

Last update: 09.11.2012

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