August 5, 2017
Released: 11:00 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB - At an event this morning, representatives from all levels of government joined the community to celebrate the grand opening of Apee Panchhi Park and honoured the park’s namesake, Mr. Apee Panchhi.
"Mr. Apee Panchhi is an example of the Canadian Dream,” said Russ Wyatt, City Councillor for Transcona. “He came with very little to Canada and turned adversity into opportunity, and by doing so, has made our community and Winnipeg better for it."
A proud Canadian of Indo-Canadian descent, Mr. Apee Panchhi, having lost his father at the age of 15, immigrated to Canada in 1977 and began his new chapter in life. Over the course of four decades, and with determination and hard work, he has become a community leader and a business success. Mr. Panchhi has continuously given his time and money to help. He has helped establish the Guru Nanak Darbar Winnipeg, supported the Guru Nanak Charitable Mission Hospital in his hometown of Jalandhar, Punjab, India, and spent countless hours volunteering and donating to the Concordia Hospital Foundation. With his strong leadership qualities and philanthropic commitments, he has become a role model for all new and young Canadians of humble beginnings.
Located south of El Tassi Drive, at Fiorentino Street, Apee Panchhi Park is a neighbourhood park along the multi-use active transportation path which boasts a new play structure, swingset, benches, mini soccer field, as well as new trees and fencing.
Construction on the park began last fall with a total budget of $266,800 with contributions from the City of Winnipeg and the developer, North Grassie Properties Inc.
Released: 1:00 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB - At an event this morning, Councillor Brian Mayes officially opened two newly-reconstructed tennis courts and kicked off a free beginner tennis clinic with one of Manitoba’s top tennis players, Kevin Kylar.
“The revamped tennis courts offer another way to get active at City parks for free,” said Brian Mayes, City Councillor for St. Vital. “Whether you’ve been playing tennis for years or are trying it out for the first time, these brand new courts are the perfect way to enjoy the sport.”
The two tennis courts, located at St. Germain Park, 125 Winslow Drive, have been reconstructed to provide recreation opportunities to residents. Work completed on the site included removing the old tennis courts and base, installing a new base and new asphalt, installing new acrylic surfacing on the courts, putting in new posts and tennis nets, and installing new fencing and benches.
“Tennis Manitoba is very excited to see another new, outdoor tennis facility open for public use at St. Germain Park in St. Vital,” said Mark Arndt, Executive Director of Tennis Manitoba. “Congratulations to Councillor Brian Mayes on this successful project which will provide residents in the area the opportunity to play our great sport at a beautiful site.”
There are a total of 135 tennis courts in the city of Winnipeg, with 28 having been renovated since 2013. The new tennis courts at St. Germain Park join other newly-renovated tennis courts in the St. Vital area, including courts at Centre scolaire Léo-Rémillard and Windsor Community Centre.
Construction on the St. Germain Park tennis courts began in May 2017 and was funded by the City of Winnipeg’s Parks and Recreation Enhancement Program (PREP) for a total of $170,000. For more information on City tennis courts, please see City of Winnipeg – Tennis Courts.