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St. James Community Parks and Recreation Improvements

The City of Winnipeg (City) is asking for feedback from St. James area residents to determine the community’s parks and recreation needs. The community’s input will help determine gaps in parks and recreation needs and will lead to determining recreation options available for public feedback.

$1.4 million in proposed funding is identified for parks and recreation amenities in the 2019 Capital Budget forecast for 2020. The City is looking at improving parks and recreation in the area of 255 Hamilton Ave. (former Vimy Arena). We are asking for input from those in the Lakewood, Crestview, Heritage Park, Buchanan, and Sturgeon Creek neighbourhoods.

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July 2019 - The St. James Community Recreation Project is starting and we want your feedback on parks and recreation in your neighbourhood. St. James residents will receive a mailed invitation to get involved. Visit the Engage tab for more information.

Engage

We want to hear from you! St. James residents are invited to tell us about their current parks and recreation use and needs.

Complete a brief online survey  until August 5, 2019.

There are two phases of engagement in this project:

  1. Assessing St. James Parks and Recreation
    • Goal: Gather feedback on current parks and recreation use and needs
      • Stakeholder meetings
      • Neighborhood outreach
      • Survey
    • Outcome: Develop list of parks and recreation options
  2. Evaluating options
    • Goal: Gather feedback on preferred parks and recreation options
      • Community workshops
    • Outcome: Determine highest priority parks and recreation options for allocating the proposed $1.4 million to meet the needs of the community

Your feedback will be used to determine how $1.4 million in proposed funding should be allocated toward parks and recreation in St. James. Along with public feedback, the City will consider levels of service in the area, available operating budgets, and existing recreation amenities to make final recommendations to Council.

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Background

Proposed funding in the amount of $1.4 million, representing the appraised value of the Vimy Arena lands, has been identified in the City's 2019 Capital Budget forecast for 2020 to provide new, enhanced, or refurbished park and recreation amenities in the St. James community. 

Council directed that these funds be used to enhance the trails, lighting, security, and greenspace along  Sturgeon Creek in the area of 255 Hamilton Ave. (former Vimy Arena) , along with the development of other parks and recreation amenities in the area.

On January 25, 2018, Council identified a $1.4 million commitment from the Land Operating Reserve for the development of recreation amenities within the Assiniboia Community Committee area be referred to the 2019 budget. $1.4 million in proposed funding is currently in the 2020 budget forecast.

A portion of the $1.4 million is to enhance trails, lighting, security and green space along Sturgeon Creek near 255 Hamilton Ave. (former Vimy Arena). Community feedback on the amenities will be part of the process and the public consultation will be funded with $50,000 in the Commitment Reserve set aside in the 2014 budget.

Depending on the results of the public consultation and the amenities decided upon, there may be an operating budget impact that will need to be included in the year following construction (e.g. 2021 or 2022). The exact operating impact will be confirmed once final decisions are made.

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Why is the City doing this project?

Council directed the Public Service to conduct public consultation and develop a plan for improved recreation amenities in St. James. This project will explore trails and recreation amenity options near 255 Hamilton Ave (former Vimy Arena site).

Date added: July 3, 2019

What is the proposed budget for this project?

Proposed project funding in the amount of $1.4 million has been identified in the 2019 Capital Budget forecast for 2020. Final approval of the project and budget will be required before moving ahead with construction.

Date added: July 3, 2019

How will the City determine how the proposed $1.4 million should be spent?

The City will consider public feedback, levels of service in the area, available budget, and existing recreation amenities to make final recommendations to Council on how the proposed $1.4 million should be spent on parks and recreation amenities in St. James.

Date added: July 3, 2019

How does this relate to the Recreation and Parks Strategies?

The City is currently in the process of working with a consultant to develop Recreation and Parks Strategies. The City is facing some difficult challenges in maintaining its aging infrastructure and making new investments to meet future needs. As Winnipeg continues to grow and change, the need to make strategic, forward-thinking decisions to ensure the City can deliver high-quality recreation and parks services is essential. The strategies are needed to guide programs, services, policies, standards and procedures, and future investment in existing and new infrastructure.

The levels of service identified in the Recreation and Parks Strategies will be included in the considerations for how the proposed $1.4 million should be spent, along with public feedback, available budget, and existing recreation amenities.

Date added: July 3, 2019

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Last update: July 3, 2019