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July 31, 2018


West End Library renamed Harvey Smith Library

Released: 10:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, the West End Library was officially renamed the Harvey Smith Library.

Former Councillor Harvey Smith was first elected to City Council in 1980, representing the Sargent Park Ward until 1986. He went on to become the MLA for Ellice from 1986 to 1988, before returning to City Council in 1998 as the representative for the Daniel McIntyre Ward. Smith worked to relocate the former West End Library from Ellice Avenue to its current location at 999 Sargent Ave. at the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex. Prior to becoming a politician, Smith worked as a teacher and school librarian for Winnipeg School Division No. 1.

“I am very pleased to be a part of the renaming of West End Library to Harvey Smith Library,” said Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “I had the pleasure of working with Harvey for three terms on Council, and I can tell you he was an incredibly passionate advocate for community, literacy & libraries! It’s an honour to recognize his legacy and commitment to our city.”

“Harvey served our community with distinction. He was a community champion who loved our city, especially the ward he represented,” said Councillor Cindy Gilroy, Daniel McIntrye Ward. “His career as a librarian and then as a City Councillor were filled with colour and life. He spoke up for the little guy and always did it with flair and a good sense of humour. The naming of the West End Library as the Harvey Smith Library is a testament to his community service and a life well-lived.”

A portrait of Smith, created by students from Art City, was also unveiled. The painting will be permanently located at the library as a tribute to the former Councillor.

On June 12, 2017, City Council voted to rename the West End Library to the Harvey Smith Library. The library circulates over 114,000 items annually and offers approximately 140 programs each year.

For more information on Winnipeg Public Library, including hours, locations, and online services, please visit winnipeg.ca/library.

New picnic shelter and park improvements at Kirkbridge Park ready for community to enjoy

Public invited to a community event on Wednesday, August 1 at 7 p.m.

Released: 1:01 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is officially opening a new picnic shelter at Kirkbridge Park, located at 119 Kirkbridge Dr. The new shelter is part of a larger improvement project at the park which includes new and upgraded pathways, benches and trees.

“This investment in Kirkbridge Park will ensure families in the area can continue to gather and enjoy free recreational facilities in their community for many years,” said Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “I encourage families to visit the park this summer and enjoy its new features.”

“Community parks play an important role in connecting people to their neighbours and communities,” said Councillor Janice Lukes, St. Norbert Ward. “Kirkbridge Park has a long and rich history in the Richmond West neighbourhood I’m very pleased to have worked with the Richmond West Neighbourhood Association and area residents to identify priority upgrades. Residents in Richmond West are very active and these improvements are being enjoyed by all.”

Members of the public are invited to a community event celebrating the opening of the new picnic shelter at Kirkbridge Park, 119 Kirkbridge Dr. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

The total cost of the improvements at Kirkbridge Park is $345,000.

Northbound lanes on McPhillips Street between Redwood Avenue and College Avenue temporarily closed for repairs

Beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, Northbound traffic to be diverted to one southbound lane

Released: 3:07 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The northbound lanes on McPhillips Street between Redwood Avenue and College Avenue are temporarily closed while crews complete repairs related to a recent water main break. Northbound traffic will be diverted to one southbound lane beginning at 8 p.m. tonight to ensure traffic can flow in both directions on McPhillips Street until the repairs are completed.

Motorists should use alternate routes and allow additional travel time to get to their destinations.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311.

Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates as well as traffic re-route options.

Northbound McPhillips Street between Logan Avenue and Jarvis Avenue to temporarily close for underpass project

One southbound lane and sidewalk to remain open; motorists are advised to begin planning their alternative routes in anticipation of the upcoming lane closure

Released: 3:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – To facilitate ongoing construction on the McPhillips Street Underpass, McPhillips Street between Logan Avenue and Jarvis Avenue will be converted to single-lane operation, operating one-way (southbound only) at all times as of Friday, August 3 at 6 p.m. This will be in effect for several weeks.

During excavation of the roadway through the underpass, buried elements of the bridge structure were uncovered and found to be in very poor condition requiring immediate repair. Through consultation with Canadian Pacific Railway (the bridge owner), it was determined that closure of northbound traffic is necessary to allow the railway to complete these unexpected repairs.

Motorists are advised to start planning ahead to use alternate routes in the coming weeks, such as Route 90, Keewatin Street, or the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge.

Arlington Bridge has limited capacity and is not recommended as an alternate route and truck operators are reminded that the Arlington Bridge is not a truck route.

Northbound cyclists at the McPhillips Street Underpass are advised to dismount and walk their bike on the sidewalk or to use an alternate route.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures of major streets on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates as well as traffic re-route options.

July 31, 2018