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May 19, 2017


City of Winnipeg spray pads to open for the first long weekend of summer

Released: 11:20 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB ‒ The City of Winnipeg is inviting citizens to enjoy community spray pads as they begin to open on the May long weekend, starting on Saturday, May 20.

“What a great way to kick off the first long weekend of summer!” said Mike Pagtakhan, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “We are lucky to have a number of affordable options for summer fun in our city, including a wide range of outdoor pools, spray pads and wading pools. I hope everyone will enjoy these amenities in the coming summer months.”

Spray Pads
The City’s unsupervised spray pads are a great way to spend a hot summer day. Spray pads across the city will open on May 20 for the Victoria Day long weekend. For locations and more information on spray pads, please visit City of Winnipeg – Spray Pads or contact 311, available by phone at 311, or by email at .

Spray pads will operate until the end of August/early September at the following locations:

  • Central Corydon Community Centre – River Heights Site
  • Central Park
  • Fort Rouge Park
  • Gateway Park
  • Jill Officer Park
  • Lindenwoods Community Centre
  • Lindsey Wilson Park
  • Machray Park
  • Park City West Community Centre
  • Provencher Park
  • Shaughnessy Park
  • St. Norbert Community Centre
  • St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool
  • Sturgeon Heights Community Centre
  • Vimy Ridge Memorial Park
  • Waverley Heights Community Centre
  • Westdale Community Centre
  • West Kildonan Memorial Community Centre

Aquatic Fun Guide
For more summer fun opportunities, be sure to check out the new Aquatic Fun Guide, the City of Winnipeg’s complete guide to outdoor aquatic facilities. The Summer 2017 Aquatic Fun Guide is available online.

Outdoor Pools
City of Winnipeg heated and unheated outdoor pools are scheduled to open on Friday, June 30. All outdoor pools will operate seven days a week, weather permitting. Contact 311 by phone at 311 or by email at , or visit City of Winnipeg – Outdoor Pools for current pool hours and amenities.

Wading Pools
Fourteen City of Winnipeg wading pools are open on Saturday, July 1. All other wading pools will open the week of July 2. For operating schedules and more information on wading pools, please visit City of Winnipeg – Wading Pools or contact 311, available by phone at 311, or by email at . Operating hours vary by wading pool; however, most will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Winnipeggers invited to take advantage of Sunday/holiday bicycle routes starting May 21

Released: 1:15 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeggers are invited to take advantage of the City’s Sunday/holiday bicycle routes starting Sunday, May 21 until Monday, October 9. There are four streets in Winnipeg designated as Sunday/holiday bicycle routes:

  • Lyndale Drive - Cromwell Street to Gauvin Street
  • Scotia Street - Anderson Avenue (at St. Cross Street) to Armstrong Avenue
  • Wellington Crescent - Academy Road (at Wellington Crescent) to Guelph Street
  • Wolseley Avenue - Raglan Road to Maryland Street

Sunday/holiday bike routes are in place on Sundays and holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. During this time, motor vehicle traffic will be restricted to a distance of not more than one block.

Signs are posted on all approach roadways as notification that motorists are entering a Sunday/holiday bicycle route. Signs are also posted at the end of the routes advising motorists that they are leaving the Sunday/holiday bicycle route. Barricades will be placed at the beginning and end of the routes to remind motorists that vehicle through-traffic is limited to one block on these routes. A violation of the Sunday/holiday bicycle route rules as outlined in the Traffic By-law may result in a fine.

It is important to note that these roads are not closed. Cyclists are reminded to use caution and continue to follow the rules of the road, and pedestrians should not walk on the roadway.

For more information, visit City of Winnipeg - Sunday/Holiday Bicycle Routes

City to use DeltaGard 20EW for adult mosquito control beginning this year

Released: 2:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg will use DeltaGard 20EW for large scale adult mosquito control programs beginning this year, if fogging is required. Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency approved the full registration of DeltaGard 20EW on May 19, 2017.

DeltaGard 20EW will replace malathion which has been used in the city for over three decades for adult mosquito control. The City has been working closely with mosquito control suppliers in the past few years to bring new products to Canada. DeltaGard is a reduced risk product with lower application rates and reduced risk for the environment and public.

“I would like to thank the insect control branch for their foresight in planning the transition from Malathion to DeltaGard,” said Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “I would like to recognize the public service for taking the necessary steps several months ago to ensure a smooth transition.”

“DeltaGard will be an effective product in the fight against mosquitoes,” said Ken Nawolsky, superintendent of insect control. “As well, the new product supports our move to more environmentally friendly products as less pesticide will be applied to the environment.”

DeltaGard 20EW belongs to the pyrethroids family which is man-made versions of pyrethrins, natural insecticides from chrysanthemum flowers. Deltamethrin, which is the active ingredient of DeltaGard 20EW, has been used for 15 years world-wide and has the full recommendation by the World Health Organization Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES).

DeltaGard 20EW will be used in accordance with federally approved label directions by licensed pesticide applicators. If a fogging program is required in 2017, buffer zones will be respected and crews will ensure that the sprayer is not treating within 90 metres on each side of a registered property on the front street, side street and rear lane.

For more information, please visit City of Winnipeg - DeltaGard.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service celebrates Paramedic Services Week

Winnipeg’s Paramedic Team: Always there when needed

Released: 2:15 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Paramedic Services Week 2017 is being held across Canada from May 28 to June 3. The week-long awareness week will help inform citizens about the variety of paramedical services provided by the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS). To celebrate the week, the department’s paramedics will participate in a variety of community and educational activities starting on May 23.

The WFPS currently has 727 licensed paramedics on staff who provide citizens with emergency medical services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Tuesday, May 23
What: Paramedics will attend River Elm School for the official Paramedic Services Week kickoff event.
Where: River Elm School, 500 Riverton Avenue
When: 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
WFPS members will interact with students at River Elm School as well as provide a variety of interactive, educational displays about emergency health care and emergency response.

Friday, May 26
What: Paramedic Services Week - Children's Day at the Zoo
Where: Assiniboine Park Zoo
When: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WFPS in partnership with the Assiniboine Park Zoo will host River Elm School at Emergency Services Children's Day which will highlight health and safety messages as well as the importance of physical activity and nutrition.

Saturday, May 27
What: Centennial Community Improvement Association Clean-Up
Where: 349 Ross Avenue
When: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WFPS will assist the Centennial Community Improvement Association with their community clean-up day. Uniformed WFPS volunteers will assist with general clean-up, proper disposal of discarded needles and engage with community members.

Sunday, May 28
What: Paramedics will attend the Children’s Hospital Foundation Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Where: Assiniboine Park
When: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WFPS will have an ambulance, the Major Incident Response Vehicle (MIRV), PACER team (bike paramedics) and representatives from 911 communications on site for the public to engage with. Additionally, the fire safety house will be set up for children to tour and paramedics will to tend to all sick and injured teddy bears.

May 19, 2017