While summer can never be long enough in Winnipeg, we sure know how to get out and enjoy it while it’s here. And I’m glad to see that residents of West Winnipeg have made good use of the new recreational facilities the city has invested in over the past few years.
The pickleball courts at the Bourkevale Community Center have been packed with players this spring and summer. In fact, pickleball has become so big — it’s the fastest growing sport in North America — that the city is investing in another new facility next to St. James Rods.
The $415,000 project will include eight new courts, large enough to accommodate municipal or provincial tournaments. Groundbreaking took place at the beginning of July and the work should be finished by the end of the summer.
I was pleased to support the Winnipeg West Pickleball Club in its efforts to develop the sport in the St. James area. Pickleball is a great activity that can be shared by players of all ages and genders, and it’s especially popular among our older population.
Investing in such facilities is also representative of our approach to modernizing our recreational infrastructure. While the city has traditionally operated arenas, baseball diamonds and soccer fields, residents are looking for new amenities like pickleball courts, bike paths and more accessible and vibrant aquatic facilities.
The rebuilt wading pool that opened earlier this month at Parc Saint-Charles is another great example. Featuring an accessible entrance, spray features and improved seating areas, it is a dramatic improvement over the old facility it replaced and can serve as a model for improvements to the paddling pool. in all the city.
For cyclists, walkers and birdwatchers, the expanded Sturgeon Creek Greenway opened late last fall and now stretches from Portage Avenue to Saskatchewan Avenue. While ideal for recreation, it is also connected to the Yellow Ribbon Trail, providing commuter connections to downtown, Polo Park, Wolseley and River Heights.
Renovated playgrounds are also opening this summer at Gibraltar Park, Voyageur Park and Bernadine Stradford Park, providing safer, more modern spaces for children to play and parents to relax.
On a darker note, I was also proud to partner with the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada to announce the creation of a new plaza and monument to mark the 50th anniversary of the crash. plane from Linwood Street.
On June 24, 1972, an airplane carrying eight students from Stonewall and Portage la Prairie residential schools, bound for the Bunibonibee Cree Nation (formerly Oxford House), crashed into a vacant lot located between 426 and 430 St. Linwood just after takeoff.
The memorial park, located near the crash site, will feature a polished granite pedestal engraved with the names of the students and the pilot, surrounded by newly planted trees and seating areas.
A ceremony commemorating the victims of the accident will take place when the monument is installed in its permanent location following the completion of the square in spring 2023.
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