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June 9, 2014

Winnipeg Library Foundation kicks off fundraising campaign for Cornish and St. John's Libraries

Released: 10:55 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - St. John's and Cornish Libraries are the target of a fundraising initiative by the Winnipeg Library Foundation to raise $2.5 million towards the renovation and refurbishment of these two historic libraries. This project is being undertaken to coincide with the 100th anniversary of both these buildings in 2015.

The fundraising campaigns will be launched at events this month, coinciding with the 99th anniversary of these buildings:

Cornish Library
20 West Gate
Tuesday June 10, 2014
2:00 p.m.

Win Gardner Place (for St. John’s Library)
363 McGregor Street
Thursday June 12, 2014
2:00 p.m.

Honourary Campaign Chair Helen Norrie will be on hand at both events. Funds will be used to renovate both libraries which include the installation of elevators. Once renovations are complete, both libraries will be fully accessible.

The two branch projects are anticipated to cost $5 million, including funding from the City of Winnipeg. The City funding is $2.5 million ($1 million in 2014 and $1.5 in 2015). This falls under the capital budget under Library Refurbishment and Redevelopment Program - Existing Infrastructure.

Once renovated, these facilities will provide improved meeting and program space as well as better access to computers and technology while retaining the historic character of these beautiful buildings.

"These libraries are important community spaces," said Manager of Library Services Rick Walker. "The renovations will ensure that these two historic libraries are much more accessible and better suited to meet the changing needs of library customers.”

This initiative is being spearheaded by the Winnipeg Library Foundation, which has worked to raise funds to enhance Winnipeg’s public libraries for over 15 years. This campaign is the Foundation’s largest project since the redevelopment of Millennium Library Park in 2012.

For more information about Winnipeg Public Libraries, visit The Winnipeg Public Library’s online services, including downloadable eBooks, eMagazines, audiobooks, and streaming movies and music are available 24/7. Library users can use the online My Account service anytime to review their requests and holds, and to renew borrowed items.

Summer fun alert: City swimming pools and wading pools prepare to open

Released: 1:34 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Keep cool and have fun during Winnipeg's hot summer months by visiting the City's wading pools, spray pads and outdoor pools.

Outdoor Pools

Kildonan Park Outdoor Pool opens Monday, June 16 for the Summer 2014 season. All other City of Winnipeg outdoor pools are scheduled to open Friday, June 27. All outdoor pools operate seven days a week, weather permitting.  Contact 311 or visit the Outdoor Pools page on for current pool hours and amenities.  Please note that Westdale Outdoor Pool and St. Vital Outdoor Pool are currently closed for renovations.

As part of a two-year pilot project, entry to non-heated outdoor pools will be free all summer long.  Free admission is available at the following outdoor pools (public admission entry requirements and capacity restrictions apply):

Freight House Provencher
Happyland Windsor Park

Wading Pools

15 of the City's wading pools will open on Tuesday, July 1 for the season�"just in time to celebrate Canada Day. The remaining locations will open Wednesday, July 2, according to their operating schedules. For operating schedules and more information on wading pools, visit the Wading Pools page on Operating hours vary by wading pool; however, most are open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Weather permitting, the following 15 wading pools will be open on Tuesday, July 1:

Brock Cordova Park McKittrick Park
Bronx Park Community Centre Norquay Community Centre
Central Park Pascoe Park
Dakota Park Shaughnessy Park
J.H. Bruns Park Transcona Centennial Pool
John Steele Park Vimy Ridge Memorial Park
Keenleyside Park Westdale Community Centre
Machray Park  

Spray Pads

The City's unsupervised spray pads are a great way to spend a hot summer day.
Spray pads are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For locations and more information on spray pads, visit the Spray Pads page of or contact 311.

Spray pads operate until Monday, September 1 at the following locations:

Central Park  
Fort Rouge Park  
Lindenwoods Community Centre  
Provencher Park  
River East (Peguis Trail Health & Fitness Centre)  
River Heights Community Centre  
Shaughnessy Park  
St. Norbert Community Centre
St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool
Sturgeon Heights Community Centre (opens August 5)
Transcona Centennial Pool (closes August 17)
Vimy Ridge Memorial Park
West Kildonan Memorial Community Centre (opens August 5)
Westdale Community Centre

For more summer fun opportunities, be sure to check out Priceless Fun, the City of Winnipeg’s guide to free recreation, leisure and library programs. The Spring/Summer edition of Priceless Fun is available online, or in hard copy at all civic indoor pools, libraries and leisure centres.

Nairn Avenue overpass maintenance work commences Friday, June 13, 2014

One lane of traffic maintained in each direction from Watt/Archibald Street to Grey Street

Released: 2:42 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Maintenance work on the Nairn Avenue overpass will commence this Friday, June 13. Work will be done in a staged manner maintaining one lane of traffic in each direction for the duration of the project.

Initially, the median lanes in each direction will be closed until crossovers are constructed which will allow both directions of traffic on one side of the bridge. Midway through the project, the other side of the bridge will be closed and, at the end of the project, the crossovers at both ends will be removed. Pedestrian traffic on the one sidewalk of the bridge will be maintained at all times.

Completion is expected by November 2014.

This maintenance work involves reconstructing the bridge abutment backwalls, expansion joints and approach slabs at both ends of the bridge. As well, the roadway from Watt Street/Archibald Street at the west to Grey Street at the east will be resurfaced. This project will extend the life of the Nairn Avenue overpass and the approach roads.

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Last update: June 9, 2014