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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
October 8, 2009

East Blanchard Park

Late this summer I had the pleasure to attend the opening of a new park in Armstrong's Point, an important part of the Wolseley constituency, and one of Winnipeg's oldest heritage neighbourhoods.

Work on the new East Blanchard Park has actually been under way for almost a quarter of a century, but after much legwork and community effort, the Armstrong's Point Residents Association was finally able to unveil their new green space during its annual picnic on a lovely Wednesday afternoon. Almost 100 people gathered to witness the ribbon cutting, enjoy the outdoors and feast on the wonderful barbecue organized by the residents association. The true star of the afternoon was unquestionably East Blanchard Park itself.

As a Wolseley resident, I know full well how important green space is and how rare it can be in our core area. East Blanchard features a number of wonderful new features, including river access, new picnic benches and a river path.

I'm also very pleased to officially recognize here, in the Manitoba Legislature, the residents of Armstrong's Point on this important addition to their neighbourhood. Armstrong's Point is home to some of Winnipeg's most celebrated heritage houses. I was able to learn more about this through a wonderful book entitled Armstrong's Point: A History, which was kindly given to me by Christine Common-Singh and written by North End resident and architectural historian, Randy Rostecki. I received this book on behalf of the Province of Manitoba, in recognition of our support of the establishment of East Blanchard Park, and Councillor Jenny Gerbasi received the same in recognition of the City's wonderful efforts on this front.

East Blanchard Park is the newest corner in this fascinating neighbourhood, where I'm sure there will be many more fantastic stories to come in the years ahead.

Thank you very much.