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Planning, Property & Development

St. James Community Parks and Recreation Improvements

The City of Winnipeg (City) is asking for feedback from St. James area residents to determine the community’s parks and recreation needs.

$1.4 million in proposed funding is identified for parks and recreation amenities in the 2019 Capital Budget forecast for 2020. The City is looking at improving parks and recreation in the area of 255 Hamilton Ave. (former Vimy Arena). We are asking for input from those in the Lakewood, Crestview, Heritage Park, Buchanan, and Sturgeon Creek neighbourhoods.

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October 2019 - Thank you to all who attended a workshop on October 7 or October 10, 2019 or completed the online survey. Online surveys were accepted until October 18, 2019. Feedback is currently being considered and a summary of the engagement process will be posted online this winter.

September 2019 - Thank you to those who provided feedback in phase 1. A summary of what we heard from the community in phase 1 is now available.

We are now asking for your feedback on options. Visit the Engage tab to learn more.

July 2019 - The St. James Community Recreation Project is starting and we want your feedback on parks and recreation in your neighbourhood. St. James residents will receive a mailed invitation to get involved. Visit the Engage tab for more information.

Engage

We want to hear from you! St. James residents are invited to tell us about their current parks and recreation use and needs.

Phase 2
Thank you to all who attended a workshop on October 7 or October 10, 2019 or completed the online survey. Online surveys were accepted until October 18, 2019. Feedback is currently being considered and a summary of the engagement process will be posted online this winter.

Following Phase 1 of public engagement, parks and recreation improvement options were developed based on what we heard. Some options represent new amenities and others are updates to existing amenities.

For inquiries or for those who require alternate formats or interpretation in order to participate, please contact or 204-986-4243.

Phase 1
Phase 1 Public Engagement Summary

Thank you to over 1,000 St. James residents who completed the online survey in Phase 1 from July 3 to August 5, 2019. We analyzed your feedback to determine a list of parks and recreation improvement options to present to the community in Phase 2.

A summary of what we heard is now available.

Engagement Plan

There are two phases of engagement in this project:

  1. Assessing St. James Parks and Recreation
    • Goal: Gather feedback on current parks and recreation use and needs
      • Stakeholder meetings
      • Neighborhood outreach
      • Survey
    • Outcome: Develop list of parks and recreation options
  2. Evaluating options
    • Goal: Gather feedback on preferred parks and recreation options
      • Community workshops
    • Outcome: Determine highest priority parks and recreation options for allocating the proposed $1.4 million to meet the needs of the community

Your feedback will be used to determine how $1.4 million in proposed funding should be allocated toward parks and recreation in St. James. Along with public feedback, the City will consider levels of service in the area, available operating budgets, and existing recreation amenities to make final recommendations to Council.

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Options

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Option Estimated Cost TDetails and Considerations
PATHWAYS
Option 1 - New Sturgeon Creek greenway path
west side of Sturgeon Creek
$525,000 for asphalt and

$420,000 for granular (gravel)
  • Granular (gravel) pathway will not be plowed in winter
  • Includes a 1.8 metre (6 foot) wide path
Option 2 - Upgrade existing Sturgeon Creek greenway path
east side of Sturgeon Creek
$475,000 for upgrade of pathway and

$210,000 for new lighting
  • Upgrade existing 2.4 metre (8 foot) wide granular (gravel) pathway to 3.5 metre wide asphalt pathway
Option 3 - New north/south pathway through Voyageur Park $460,000 for asphalt and

$105,000 for lighting
  • 3 metre (10 feet) wide asphalt pathway from Saskatchewan Avenue to Hamilton Avenue
  • Lighting cost includes using existing hydro pole line, cost will go up if this is not possible
TENNIS, PICKLEBALL, BASKETBALL
Option 4 - Crestview Village tennis courts renewal $470,000
  • Currently, asphalt is cracked and in need of repair
  • Includes replacement with two new tennis courts and one basketball court plus the removal and replacement of some of the previously asphalted areas with grass
Option 5 - Vimy Park Tennis and Pickleball court $170,000
  • Includes removal and new asphalting of cracked edges, a full asphalt court overlay. and new chain link fencing
PLAYGROUNDS
Option 6 - Bernadine Stratford Park redevelopment $260,000
  • Incudes ramped play structure replacement, swing set, picnic table, benches, trees, pathway renewal, and old large asphalt area replaced with grass
Option 7 - Corbett Park play structure redevelopment $110,000
  • Includes play structure for 0-5 years of age, swing set, picnic table, bench, trees, and small path
Option 8 - Voyageur Park redevelopment $120,000
  • Includes swing set, picnic table, sandbox, pathway renewal, and old large asphalt area replaced with grass
Option 9 - Kirby/Setter Park redevelopment $95,000
  • Includes play structure for 0-5 years of age, swing set, picnic table, bench, and new granular path
Option 10 - Bernadine Crescent Park redevelopment $145,000
  • Would not recommend redeveloping both Bernadine Stratford Park (option 10) and Bernadine Crescent Park as they are only 250 metres away
OTHER
Option 11 - Upgrade St. Charles Park Wading Pool (Assiniboia West CC- Buchanan Site) $350,000
  • Potential to upgrade wading pool to include new spray features and rubberized surfacing, new asphalt pathway from parking lot, increased seating and landscaping. Upgrade of existing pool would increase play value and quality of pool and still make use of the site washroom.
  • Estimated cost does not include the estimated $10,000/year in additional staffing costs necessary, as two staff are needed at a wading pool with extra play components.
Option 12 - Offleash dog area
Sturgeon Road Athletic Fields
$175,000
  • Includes fencing, seating, onsite parking (existing), waste bins, notice board, and an open field area
  • Offleash dog areas are required to go through the new offleash dog area process which includes discussions with stakeholders
Option 13 - New outdoor fitness equipment
  1. Individual fitness equipment nodes
  2. Outdoor calisthenics fitness node
  1. $60,000
  2. $70,000
  1. Includes 3 fitness nodes (5 pieces of equipment), no pathways
  2. Includes one large node with calisthenic fitness equipment, granular seating area, benches and bike rack

Project Timeline

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Background

Proposed funding in the amount of $1.4 million, representing the appraised value of the Vimy Arena lands, has been identified in the City's 2019 Capital Budget forecast for 2020 to provide new, enhanced, or refurbished park and recreation amenities in the St. James community. 

Council directed that these funds be used to enhance the trails, lighting, security, and greenspace along  Sturgeon Creek in the area of 255 Hamilton Ave. (former Vimy Arena) , along with the development of other parks and recreation amenities in the area.

On January 25, 2018, Council identified a $1.4 million commitment from the Land Operating Reserve for the development of recreation amenities within the Assiniboia Community Committee area be referred to the 2019 budget. $1.4 million in proposed funding is currently in the 2020 budget forecast.

A portion of the $1.4 million is to enhance trails, lighting, security and green space along Sturgeon Creek near 255 Hamilton Ave. (former Vimy Arena). Community feedback on the amenities will be part of the process and the public consultation will be funded with $50,000 in the Commitment Reserve set aside in the 2014 budget.

Depending on the results of the public consultation and the amenities decided upon, there may be an operating budget impact that will need to be included in the year following construction (e.g. 2021 or 2022). The exact operating impact will be confirmed once final decisions are made.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Phase 2 options 2019-07-03 Advertisement
Phase 2 poster 2019-07-03 Advertisement
Phase 2 Canstar ad 2019-07-03 Advertisement
Phase 2 news release 2019-07-03 Advertisement
Phase 1 Public Engagement Summary Report 2019-07-03 Advertisement
Phase 1 Public Engagement Summary Report Appendices 2019-07-03 Advertisement
Phase 1 postcard 2019-07-03 Advertisement
Phase 1 news release 2019-07-03 Advertisement

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is the City doing this project?

Council directed the Public Service to conduct public consultation and develop a plan for improved recreation amenities in St. James. This project will explore trails and recreation amenity options near 255 Hamilton Ave (former Vimy Arena site).

Date added: July 3, 2019

What is the proposed budget for this project?

Proposed project funding in the amount of $1.4 million has been identified in the 2019 Capital Budget forecast for 2020. Final approval of the project and budget will be required before moving ahead with construction.

Date added: July 3, 2019

How will the City determine how the proposed $1.4 million should be spent?

The City will consider public feedback, levels of service in the area, available budget, and existing recreation amenities to make final recommendations to Council on how the proposed $1.4 million should be spent on parks and recreation amenities in St. James.

Date added: July 3, 2019

How does this relate to the Recreation and Parks Strategies?

The City is currently in the process of working with a consultant to develop Recreation and Parks Strategies. The City is facing some difficult challenges in maintaining its aging infrastructure and making new investments to meet future needs. As Winnipeg continues to grow and change, the need to make strategic, forward-thinking decisions to ensure the City can deliver high-quality recreation and parks services is essential. The strategies are needed to guide programs, services, policies, standards and procedures, and future investment in existing and new infrastructure.

The levels of service identified in the Recreation and Parks Strategies will be included in the considerations for how the proposed $1.4 million should be spent, along with public feedback, available budget, and existing recreation amenities.

Date added: July 3, 2019

Last update: October 21, 2019