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Media Releases

May 29, 2015

Report recommends further City support for Jonathan Toews Fieldhouse project

Released: 9:11 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The public service is recommending an adjustment be made to the City’s financial contribution to support the construction of the new Jonathan Toews Fieldhouse to be located adjacent to the Jonathan Toews Community Centre in South St. Vital.

In a report going forward to the City’s Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, a recommendation is being made that the 2013 capital budget entitled “Jonathan Toews Community Centre Fieldhouse” be revised to a capital grant of $13.7 million, representing contributions from the City ($6.7 million) and the Province ($7.0 million), with Dakota Community Centre to finance the remaining $4.2 million of the total $17.9 million project budget.

The project was officially announced in February 2013 by the City, Province and Dakota Community Centre Inc.

The City’s capital funding contribution to the Fieldhouse project reinforces the City of Winnipeg’s ongoing commitment to supporting and developing sports and recreation facilities, ensuring they are accessible to all residents of the community.

The proposed Jonathan Toews Community Centre Fieldhouse addition will enable Dakota Community Centre Inc. to expand current programming and provide needed recreational and sport facilities for St. Vital and the City of Winnipeg.

The new facility will be a multi-use sports hall comprising three indoor fields of play and a mezzanine level running track. It will be capable of staging numerous sports programs/events with a primary focus on volleyball and basketball.

Construction of the new Fieldhouse is anticipated to begin in Fall 2015 and is anticipated to open in late 2016 or early 2017.

The report will be considered by the Property and Development Committee on June 2, 2015.

External Comprehensive Assessment of City of Winnipeg's Water System as it Relates to Recent Boil Water Advisories Report available on City's website

Released: 12:24 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - In a demonstration of the City’s commitment to openness and transparency in communicating with citizens, the full Comprehensive Assessment of the City of Winnipeg’s Water System as it Relates to Recent Boil Water Advisories report is now available on the City’s website.

“I am pleased that, as committed, citizens can access the external review of the precautionary boil water event from this past January on the City of Winnipeg website,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “It’s important that Winnipeggers have access to the analysis that determines the safety of our City’s water.”

On April 30, 2015, the City of Winnipeg submitted a report to the Office of Drinking Water, the regulator of drinking water in Manitoba, to relay the findings and recommendations of an external assessment of the City of Winnipeg’s water system. The executive summary of the report was released on May 1, 2015.

The Comprehensive Assessment of City’s Water System as it Relates to Recent Boil Water Advisories report concludes:

  • that the water was safe
  • that positive samples that led to the recent precautionary boil water advisories were, according to the assessment, most likely related to either sampling or analytical processes.

For more information please visit City of Winnipeg - Boil Water Advisory Assessment Report.

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Insect Control Programs: ready, and working to serve Winnipeggers

Policy and plans in place to address mosquitoes, other pest insects

Released: 14:58 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Public Service today provides an update on insect control programs planned and underway for the 2015 season.

The Public Works department’s primary focus in mosquito control is a 100% biological larviciding program to reduce the emergence of adult mosquitoes. The use of malathion continues to be guided by federal and provincial guidelines and licensing, as well as the Council-approved Insect Control Policy to provide a Health-Canada approved means of reducing adult nuisance mosquitoes.

The City also continues to test more environmentally-sensitive products, to move forward with effective, more sustainable practices.

At the same time, the City understands residents’ right to choose and will respect 90 meter buffer zones, the limit set by Province, and any resident can make application.

And, equally importantly, we all can help fight mosquitoes:

Dump it, Drain it, Cover it, Fill it, Treat it!

Citizens can help in the fight:

  • Dump containers of water
  • Drain eaves troughs and un-used containers
  • Cover rain water barrels
  • Fill in low lying areas
  • Use biological larvicides to treat standing water

For more information on mosquito control, as well as other insect control programs, please visit City of Winnipeg - Insect Control Programs.

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Sun's out, fun's out: City spray pads, outdoor pools and wading pools prepare to open

Released: 4:18 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Find fun in the sun this summer at Winnipeg’s spray pads, outdoor pools and wading pools.

Spray Pads
The City’s unsupervised spray pads are a great way to spend a hot summer day.

Most spray pads will open for the season on Saturday, May 30 and will operate daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 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 Monday, September 7 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
Vimy Ridge Memorial Park
West Kildonan Memorial Community Centre (opens June 27)
Westdale Community Centre (opens June 30)

Check City of Winnipeg - Spray Pads for 2015 opening dates for our NEW spray pads:

Gateway Recreation Centre
Lindsey Wilson Park
Park City West Community Centre
Waverley Heights Community Centre

Please note that the Transcona Centennial Spray Pad will be closed this season.

Outdoor Pools
Kildonan Park Outdoor Pool opens Monday, June 15 for the Summer 2015 season. All other City of Winnipeg outdoor pools are scheduled to open Friday, June 26. All outdoor pools 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. Please note that Transcona Centennial 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
17 of the City’s wading pools will open on Wednesday, July 1 for the season - just in time to celebrate Canada Day. The remaining locations will open Thursday, July 2, according to their operating schedules. 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 are open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Weather permitting, the following 17 wading pools will be open on Wednesday, July 1:

Brock Cordova Park Norquay Community Centre
Bronx Park Community Centre Pirates Park
Central Park Shaughnessy Park
Dakota Park Sturgeon Heights Park
Ducharme Park Vimy Ridge Memorial Park
John Steele Park Westdale Pool
Keenleyside Park Weston Park
Machray Park West Kildonan Memorial Community Centre
McKittrick Park  

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 at City of Winnipeg - Priceless Fun, or in hard copy at all civic indoor pools, libraries and leisure centres.

City of Winnipeg continues to collaborate with citizens on plans for Chief Peguis Trail Extension West

Public invited to upcoming community workshops

Released: 16:20 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg has initiated a study to gain insight into the use of and expectations for the new Chief Peguis Trail Extension, west from Main Street to Brookside Boulevard.

An information session was held in November 2014 to introduce the public to ideas being considered, such as:

  • Alignment of the roadway corridor;
  • Intersection design;
  • Sound reduction;
  • Pedestrian and cycling routes;
  • Greenspace features; and
  • Existing natural habitats.

The public is now invited to attend one of two upcoming workshops to discuss the next steps in the project design:

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The Maples Collegiate - Commons Room
1330 Jefferson Avenue
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 PM

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Red River Community Centre
293 Murray Avenue (at Main Street)
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Please RSVP with your name and contact information for one of the above workshop dates at:

Email: or                
Phone: (204) 927-3444

Following the workshops, newsletters with a project update will be distributed to the adjacent communities, and the project website will contain workshop materials.

For further project information please visit City of Winnipeg - Chief Peguis Trail Extension West.

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Winnipeg Transit options for FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™

Arrive early, catch the bus, see the match!

Released: 16:31 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg is excited to host the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™! To get you to the games, Winnipeg Transit has several regular routes that will operate to and from Investors Group Field (known as Winnipeg Stadium for the duration of the tournament) and the University of Manitoba before and after matches.

This is a major special event which will result in the City being very busy, specifically on Pembina Highway. It expected that buses serving the Fort Garry and the stadium area will also be busy; therefore all regular Transit riders and FIFA patrons are advised to leave early to ensure a timely arrival at their destination.

FIFA patrons are also encouraged to check bus schedules at before leaving for each match.

Pre-match Transit routes

Usual Transit fares will apply to all Winnipeg Transit services for FIFA. Riders can catch the following routes to get to the match:

  • 60 Pembina
  • 75 Crosstown East
  • 78 Crosstown West
  • 160 Downtown - University of Manitoba
    • Winnipeg Transit will be offering extra buses on Route 160. Buses will operate at 10-minute intervals beginning at 1:00 p.m. on match days from downtown via Graham Avenue, Main Street and the Transitway to Winnipeg Stadium.
  • 162 Downtown - Fort Richmond (University of Manitoba)

Post-match Transit routes

After the match, FIFA fans can catch Winnipeg Transit buses on Chancellor Matheson Road, lined up next to Winnipeg Stadium and across from the old Bison Stadium facing west towards Pembina Highway. There will be no charge for passengers to ride these routes post-match.

  • 160 University of Manitoba - Downtown
    • Buses will be lined up for this route on Chancellor Matheson Road, in front and across from the old Bison Stadium facing west towards Pembina Highway
  • 75 Crosstown East
    • Buses will be lined up on Chancellor Matheson next to Winnipeg Stadium facing west towards Pembina Highway
  • 78 Crosstown West
    • Buses will be lined up on Chancellor Matheson next to Winnipeg Stadium facing west towards Pembina Highway
  • 162 Fort Richmond - St. Norbert Express
    • Buses will pick up riders as the usual stop, Southbound University Crescent at Dafoe.
  • 170 Fort Richmond - St. Norbert
    • Buses will pick up riders as the usual stop, Southbound University Crescent at Dafoe.

Winnipeg Transit will post signage at Winnipeg Stadium to help riders find the correct bus to board.

Park and Ride

There are four FIFA Park & Ride locations across the city providing non-stop service on specially marked FIFA school buses to Winnipeg Stadium. There is no charge to park your vehicle; however there will be a $5.00/person charge for this round trip service. It will be collected at Winnipeg Stadium as you exit the bus.

Park and Ride locations include:

  • Route A - Park & Ride Super Express - McPhillips Station Casino - 484 McPhillips Street
  • Route B - Park & Ride Super Express - Club Regent Casino - 1425 Regent Ave West
  • Route C - Park & Ride Super Express - Church of the Rock - 1397 Buffalo Place
  • Route D - Park & Ride Super Express - Victoria Inn Hotel - 1808 Wellington Avenue

Hotel Shuttles from Downtown

Specially marked FIFA buses (operated by Greyhound Canada and Beaver Bus Lines) will provide non-stop Hotel Shuttle service between the downtown and Winnipeg Stadium starting two hours prior to afternoon kick-off. There will be a $5.00 per person charge for this round trip service. It will be collected at Winnipeg Stadium as you exit the bus.

Hotel Shuttles locations include:

Route P (via Portage)

  • Mere Hotel - Temporary Bus Stop on Southbound Waterfront at James
  • The Fairmont - Bus Stop #10762 Westbound Portage at Main
  • Marlborough Hotel - Bus Stop # 10541 Westbound Portage at Garry
  • Radisson Hotel & Alt Hotel - Bus Stop #10541 Westbound Portage at Donald
  • Quest Hotel - Bus Stop #10543 Westbound Portage at Edmonton (Portage Place)
  • Holiday Inn - Temporary bus stop on Southbound Memorial near Art Gallery

Route S (via St. Mary)

  • Inn at the Forks - Bus Stop #10907 Eastbound Forks Market Road Transit Terminal
  • Humphry Inn - Bus Stop #10620 Westbound St. Mary at Fort
  • Place Louis Riel - Temporary bus stop on Westbound St. Mary at Smith
  • Delta Hotel - Temporary bus stop on Westbound St. Mary at Hargrave

Other transportation options for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada can be found at FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ Transportation Planâ.

Last update: June 1, 2015