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More Than 270 Recreational, Wellness, Cultural Facilities to be Built, Upgraded Across Province

News Release – Manitoba
May 11, 2012

Community Places Program Supports Strong, Healthy Neighbourhoods: Selinger

More than 270 non-profit community groups will be able to create or upgrade local recreational, wellness or cultural facilities for Manitoba families this year with help from the province, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

“We know that communities and neighbourhoods thrive when they have a range of healthy options for recreation, wellness and culture,” Selinger said. “We are providing more than $3.5 million under the Community Places program to support local groups in developing and maintaining these important facilities.”“This year’s projects include museums, playgrounds, multi-use and recreation facilities, child-care centres, libraries, community halls and seniors’ facilities,” Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said. “The projects involve critical repairs, roof replacements, fresh-air ventilation, fire-safety upgrades, energy-efficiency improvements and disability access upgrades.”

Among the community groups approved for a grant this year are:

• $50,000 for the Ryerson Association of Parent and Teachers for phase 1 of a playground development project in Winnipeg;
• $16,500 for the Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities in Elm Creek for health and safety building renovations;
• $3,900 for the Pinawa Players for stage lighting upgrades;
• $20,000 for the Manitoba Paddling Association in Selkirk to install a 10-kilowatt Xzeres wind‑power electric turbine;
• $36,603 for the Opasquia Agricultural Society in The Pas for the redevelopment of the The Pas and District Exhibition Grounds;
• $10,000 for Recreation Centre kitchen renovations for the Waterhen community council;
• $20,000 to the Oak Lake Beach Playground Committee for the construction of a Natural Playground – Phase I;
• $35,000 for the Friends of Living Prairie Museum for the construction of an outdoor education shelter; and
• $25,000 for Building Urban Industries for Local Development (B.U.I.L.D.) for upgrades to its HVAC system.

In 2012-13, more than $3.5 million in provincial support will result in more than $46 million in community-based construction projects to upgrade existing facilities or create new ones, Selinger said.

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION ATTACHED
Sample of the 2012 Community Places Grants in Winnipeg