News release:

New Program will Improve Winnipeg’s Recreational Facilities:  Selinger

Winnipeg families will have improved recreational facilities and community centres under a new, three-year program designed to expand and improve existing infrastructure, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

“We know at the heart of every neighbourhood, families congregate at community centres, playgrounds and cultural centres.  These venues are important to the fabric of the community, as they bring local families together to laugh, share, socialize and take part in physical activity,” Selinger said.  “This is why our government is investing in these important projects because they matter to Winnipeg families and all Manitobans.”

Budget 2013 and the Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan commit $7.5 million over the next three years for the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program, the premier said.  This new initiative will accept submissions for projects that will provide long-term recreational and wellness benefits to communities, the premier said, adding that non-profit community organizations and city-owned facilities can apply for assistance with projects that are in need of repairs, upgrades, energy-saving initiatives and other improvements.

“Renewing, upgrading and improving our community infrastructure helps create jobs and grows our economy,” said Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux.  “It is a win-win for families and our province.”

Grants will be made available for projects such as libraries, swimming pools and splash pads, parks, trails, community centres, sports facilities including arenas and gymnasiums, as well as other community infrastructure facilities.

Program and application intake will begin on May 22.  For more information and to download a Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program application, go to