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September 14, 2017

Tyndall Park accessible early years play structure provides healthy learning opportunities to kids

Released: 9:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At an event this morning, Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, Principal Gisele Mospanchuk, and other community leaders from the Tyndall Park Community celebrated the start of the school year by inviting Point Douglas-area students, children and families to come play at the new Tyndall Park accessible early years play structure.

“We know the critical importance of play in early childhood development to raise active, healthy children,” said Mike Pagtakhan, City Councillor for Point Douglas and Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “I’m pleased that the City of Winnipeg could provide assistance in building this innovative play structure that provides recreation opportunities for all children.”

Located at 2221 King Edward Street, the new playground is a great new addition to play opportunities for students at the adjacent Tyndall Park Community School, and for children and families in the surrounding area. The fully-accessible playground is designed to enhance mobility and accessibility, and provide tactile play sensations. Features like the “sway and glide” unit, for example, provide inclusive recreational opportunities for children with mobility aids, such as wheelchairs.

Funding for the Tyndall Park accessible early years play structure was provided by the City of Winnipeg in the amount of $24,700, in addition to contributions from the Winnipeg School Division, the Tyndall Park Parent Council, and the Community Places 2016 Grant, for a total project budget of just under $100,000.

Important riverbank stabilization project now complete on Lyndale Drive

Project improves the reliability of the City’s primary dike, protects road and nearby utilities and enhances the riverbank area

Released: 11:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – An important riverbank stabilization project is now complete on Lyndale Drive which improves the reliability of the City's primary dike, protects the road and nearby utilities while at the same time enhances the riverbank area.

“This project will not only provide functional upgrades to the riverbank through stabilization, but it has also improved active transportation paths in the area,” said Minister of Municipal Relations Jeff Wharton. “Investing in infrastructure will continue to make our communities better places to live, work and play.”

Delivered on time and under budget, the project consisted of the removal of an aging timber retaining wall, installation of rockfill columns for riverbank stabilization, roadway re-alignment, a lower bank granular trail with seating, a limestone terrace, and re-vegetation. The estimated final project cost is $5 million of a $6.2 million budget, with $2 million coming from the province of Manitoba and $3 million from the City of Winnipeg.

“This project continues and improves the ‘Promenade St. Boniface’ river trail from Carriere all the way up through to Promenade Tache, Whittier Park, and beyond, as well as securing the future of Lyndale Drive, adjacent homes, and the long term integrity of our riverbank,” said Matt Allard, City Councillor for St. Boniface.

Lyndale Drive forms a portion of the City’s primary diking system to defend against flooding along the Red River. The riverbank has a history of instability, and the 500 meters of timber pile retaining wall constructed in 1976 between Gauvin Avenue and Monck Avenue was nearing the end of its useful life.

A study was completed in 2016 and consisted of geotechnical investigation, analysis of the riverbank, and assessment of the condition of the retaining wall. The public had an opportunity to provide feedback at various stages throughout the project. Replacement concepts were developed, a recommended design was selected and construction took place between November 2016 and fall of 2017.

The City of Winnipeg Naturalist Services Branch recently seeded the riverbank with grasses and wildflower mixes, with additional plantings to be installed later this fall. The plant palette has been carefully selected to reflect a natural riverbank plant community and to prevent soil erosion.

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September 14, 2017