Eight local projects to receive funding

By: James Allum, MLA for Fort Garry-Riverview

As published in The Sou'wester

May 29, 2013

Fort Garry-Riverview is a community blessed with wonderful amenities and active residents who value our beautiful public spaces.

Indeed , it’s our connection to these wonderful neighbourhood treasures — our schools, community clubs, churches, sports venues, parks, trails, and playgrounds — that make Fort Garry-Riverview an exceptional place to live and raise a family.

Our public spaces would not be nearly so vibrant were it not for the strong community partnerships between government, school boards, and energized local organizations.

The combination of government funding, local fundraising and committed community residents is the key to building strong, safe, and sustainable neighbourhoods.

A great example of these partnerships is the province’s Community Places program which is designed to support local non-profit organizations to build, maintain and upgrade community facilities.

The province announced the recipients of this year’s funds and I’m exceedingly proud to say that Fort Garry-Riverview received support for eight fantastic projects!

I’d like to honour the volunteers who have created school ground transformation committees at both École Crane School and École Viscount Alexander School for naturalization projects that are intended to be play areas for children as well as learning spaces for our students.

The General Byng Parent Advisory Council is active with support to create a four-season natural green space for kids to use. The child care centre at General Byng School will also see upgrades. This facility provides care for 139 preschool and school-aged children.

The community kitchen at Churchill Park United Church is so popular that it will receive funds to replace the hot water tank because of heavy demand.

Sports are another important part of community life and the Community Places funds include upgrades to the Pembina and Fort Rouge curling clubs as well field lighting for the Fort Garry Lions Football Club.

Another program, Sports Opportunities, has also provided funding for the Westridge Community Centre’s Community Youth Sponge Hockey Experience for hockey nets and helmets.

Thanks to the efforts of parents, volunteers, and neighbourhood non-profits, our public spaces remain the lifeblood of our community by connecting us with nature and with one another.