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City of Winnipeg Awards $1.2 Million in Local Recreation Centre Restoration

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City of Winnipeg Awards $1.2 Million in Local Recreation Centre Restoration

The City of Winnipeg has announced that 15 community centres owned by the City will undergo significant renovations, helped largely by funding provided through the City of Winnipeg’s Community Centre Renovation Grant Program.

Offered twice annually, recreation centres operating under the City of Winnipeg, can apply for funding through the grant program once every 12 months. The two application intake deadlines are March 15 and October 15, annually. For the ‘Spring 2020’ intake, the City received 16 applications to the tune of $1,165,157.91, while 15 were approved, totalling $1,158,739.71 in proposed renovations.

City of Winnipeg community centres that will receive funding through Community Centre Renovation Grant Program include:

Dakota C. C. Sportsplex, Rink, and Facility Enhancement $100,000.00
Fort Garry C.C. Skate Building Interior Renovations $100,000.00
Garden City C.C. Soccerplex Renovations $100,000.00
Gateway Recreation C.C. Outdoor Rink Renovations $60,000.00
Glenwood C. C. Showers, Lighting and Countertop Upgrades $78,668.58
Linden Woods C.C. Canteen, Kitchen and Mechanical Upgrades $100,000.00
Maples C.C. Kitchen and Arena Upgrades $62,703.65
Melrose Park  C.C. Washroom and Basement Renovations $66,209.20
Northwood C.C. Lighting, Doors, Painting and Various Facility Upgrades $100,000.00
Roblin Park C.C. Outdoor Rink Renovations $100,000.00
Sinclair Park C.C. Security System Upgrades $22,235.01
St. Norbert C.C. Lighting & Security System Upgrades $53.504.96
Tyndall Park C.C. Washroom Renovations and Lighting Upgrade $62,613.60
Vince Leah C.C. Flooring, Painting and Lights $52,804.71
Wildwood C.C. Outdoor Rink Lights $100,000.00


“As the Province of Manitoba continues to reopen the economy, community centres will become important places for our residents again,” said Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman in a City-issued press release. “The Community Centre Renovation Grant program is an important City of Winnipeg resource that helps ensure our existing community assets are up-to-date, safe, and accessible so they can be enjoyed for years to come.”

The 15 approved city-owned, board-run centres that will be receiving grant money will be putting the funds into safety equipment and improvements, renovation projects, retrofits, facility repairs and upgrades to indoor arenas, ice plants, fieldhouses, and soccer complexes. The money provided allows flexibility on set programming schedules and priorities, especially during the current time of a global pandemic.

Since its launch in 2012, the City of Winnipeg has spent $8,821,624.99 on 195 different grant applications throughout various recreation facilities in Winnipeg through the Community Centre Renovation Grant Program. To date, the Spring 2020 dispersal is the largest sum of money handed out in the renovation program’s existence.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at

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