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January 8, 2013

Budget 2013: Windsor Park Library to relocate to Bonivital Pool site

New larger library will be built at the multi-use facility

Released: 11:05 a.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - To better meet the needs of patrons, the Windsor Park Library will be relocating to a new, larger, modern building at the Bonivital Pool site as part of a multi-use facility supporting recreation, leisure and community programming.

“Our library redevelopment strategy calls for the replacement of some of our older libraries, like the existing Windsor Park Library, with modern new facilities that are better able to accommodate community activities and programming,” said Scott Fielding, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services. “I expect the new Bonivital multi-use complex to become a gathering space for families in south Winnipeg.”

The new library will be a signature building of approximately 8,000 square feet on one floor and will address City of Winnipeg universal design standards. The building will be designed and constructed according to green building standards, in support of the City’s Green Building Policy.

“This is a fantastic project that will turn the Windsor Park Library into a first-class regional centre,” said area Councillor Dan Vandal (St. Boniface). “We’re building for the future, making this library accessible to people of all different ages and abilities and ensuring that we can support all the technology that people have come to rely upon.”

Construction of a new Windsor Park Library has been identified as one of the first projects to get underway as part of the library’s Long-term Redevelopment Strategy. The strategy was approved by the Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Service in July 2012 and is outlined in the 2013 Preliminary Capital Budget.

Preliminary construction estimates for the new library are $4 million. The 2013 Preliminary Capital Budget sets aside the necessary funds for this project under Library Facility Redevelopment - New Infrastructure.

The new facility will include a multi-purpose programming room, tutorial rooms and space for a collection of approximately 35,000 items. There will be increased computer access, public study and leisure space for patrons. The new library will also accommodate parking for up to 40 vehicles.

The existing Windsor Park Library was built in 1961 and is a 6,626 square foot two floor building with limited parking and accessibility. Currently, the library circulates approximately 120,000 items per year and serves a catchment area of approximately 28,000 people.

Construction of the new library is expected to begin in 2013, with occupancy in 2014.

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Budget 2013: Funding for Library Facility Replacement Strategy

St. Vital Library to undergo renovations

Released: 12:30 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - Funding required to replace or renovate city libraries will be set aside in the 2013 Preliminary Capital Budget, to be tabled at Executive Policy Committee tomorrow.

Mayor Sam Katz announced the Library Facility Redevelopment Strategy in July, 2012. The following libraries have been identified to be replaced: Charleswood (2013), Windsor Park (2013), Transcona (2014), River Heights (2015), Westwood (2017), St. James (2018) and West Kildonan (2020).

At a news conference today, Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance Russ Wyatt and St. Vital Councillor Brian Mayes announced that the St. Vital Library will undergo renovations in 2013.

"The St. Vital Library is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year," said Councillor Mayes. "I am pleased that the City of Winnipeg will be renovating this fine example of mid-century modern architecture and keeping the doors to a neighbourhood landmark open."

While the exact cost to renovate the St. Vital Library has yet to be determined, preliminary estimates indicate it will be approximately $1.8 million.

The overall Library Facility Redevelopment Strategy will cost $24.6 million between 2013 and 2018. An additional $1.8 million has been allocated for new furniture and shelving over the same period.

"All of these facilities are 50 years or older and require complete rebuilding or renovation," said Deputy Mayor Wyatt. "They lack many of the amenities that modern public libraries provide their patrons, and I am pleased to see that the financial commitment is being made as part of the budget process to support this redevelopment strategy."

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Government of Canada Strengthening Community Infrastructure Across the Country

Released: 3:45 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - Across the country, community centres, cultural centres, hockey rinks, swimming pools, and other community projects will soon be improved thanks to support from the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

As part of the Government's Economic Action Plan 2012, Lawrence Toet, Member of Parliament for Elmwood-Transcona, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for the Clara Hughes Recreation Park under the Fund.

"Our Government, through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, is continuing to support communities across Canada, and right here in Elmwood," said MP Toet. "This project will provide families in Elmwood with a safe place to enjoy recreational activities and spend quality time together."

As part of the overall redevelopment plan, $58,500 in federal funding will support the installation of a new play structure and benches in addition to landscaping and surfacing of the play area at the Clara Hughes Recreation Park. The federal funding will complement $72,279 in City of Winnipeg Capital funding dedicated towards the installation of the playground and related site works at this important community site.

"This ongoing partnership with the Government of Canada allows us to provide our communities with recreation opportunities that meet the needs of our youngest and most-active residents," said Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz.

In addition to the playground replacement, the Province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg will invest $600,000 through the Building Communities Initiative, in the overall redevelopment of the site that will include a new entry plaza, skateboard pod and hockey/basketball skills area.

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. Our Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. The Fund supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating small and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

Last update: 18.01.2013

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