Differences being made through work with partners

By: Jim Rondeau, MLA for Assiniboia

As printed in The Metro

May 29, 2013

I continue to be proud of all of the positive changes that have occurred in our community over the past decade. Working with community partners, we have made a tremendous difference.

School play structures were out of date and did not meet standards.

The Grace Hospital Emergency room was closed on evenings and weekends.

There were no biking and walking trails, and there was a lack of recreational facilities.

We have worked together to improve the area and will continue to build on those successes.

Investments in recreational facilities have resulted in many upgrades:

  • The St. James Rods Football Club has been able to upgrade their grounds, signage and clubhouse.

  • The St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool has had an expansion and renovation, and is in the process of adding a splash pad which should be finished in time for summer fun.

  • The Yellow Ribbon Greenway Trail from Silver and Hamilton to Polo Park has been completed, and improvements made to the trail to Assiniboine Park.

  • The YM/YWCA is undergoing renovations this summer.

  • The Assiniboia Memorial Curling Club has had many improvements over the past few years and a public elevator is being installed to improve accessibility.

  • The Living Prairie Museum added an educational video section, outdoor education shelter and play structure to this unique site.

Ongoing funding from the province’s Community Places program keeps our community facilities in good shape.

Investments this year were approved for ANAVET Unit 283, Lakewood Children’s Centre, Crestview Park Day Nursery, St. James Rods Football Club and Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club.

ACCESS St. James at the Grace Hospital is being completed and will provide more treatment options for those with chronic health challenges. Further investments at Grace Hospital will include an expansion of the ER, an MRI machine and renovations to the emergency unit to keep building on past improvements.

The renovation of the fields for the Portage Trail Soccer Club will commence shortly, so watch for the developments.

Funding for street renewal continues with investments of $14 million provided to the City of Winnipeg for residential street projects.

Crestview Park Drive from Voyageur to Hamilton and Fairlane Avenue from Buchanan to Goswell will see upgrades this year.

It is always great to see improvements to our area and I thank the many people that spend time providing ideas, volunteering and working to make this a great place to live, play and have fun.