Bridgwater Forest

Welcome to the neighbourhood of Bridgwater Forest! This page provides updates on issues I am working on, and information on other issues Bridgwater Forest residents may be interested in. Much gratitude to the VOLUNTEERS of the Bridgewater Forest Neighbourhood Association for all the advocacy, events and activities they do to improve the quality of life for residents!

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May 11th – City Hall Open House for Waverley West

May 11th – City Hall Open House for Waverley West

This is an invitation exclusively for residents who live in the Waverley West ward! Bring your family and join neighbours, friends and Councillor Janice Lukes for a tour of City Hall! Learn what City services are available to you, and how to ‘get action’ on important...

My April, 2019 Newsletter

My April, 2019 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the Waverley West Ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read April, 2019 Newsletter...

Eight Community Garden Plots Available By Margaret Grant Pool

Eight Community Garden Plots Available By Margaret Grant Pool

Eight garden plots are available this year to rent!  Of the 20 plots, 12 have been booked by returning gardeners and eight will be available to be rented starting at 9:00 am on April 8 by calling 204-832-5865 ($48.30). Plots measure approx. 21 ½ ft x 26 ft = 559 ft2....

Multifaith Council, Police Board To Talk Safety

Multifaith Council, Police Board To Talk Safety

(Photo Credit: Sou/wester) (Christine Baronins, member of the Manitoba Multifaith Council, and Shauna Curtin, secretary for the Winnipeg Police Board) This is going to be a very informative event, there is ample space at this beautiful church. Please feel welcome to...

Host A Block Party This Year!

Host A Block Party This Year!

I’m providing funding and administrative support to anyone who wants to hold a BLOCK PARTY this year! I think most people will agree that there are advantages to knowing your neighbours. What if you're baking and run short on sugar? Where will you turn to borrow a cup...

Sump Pumps, Wet Yards & Manitoba Native Plants

Sump Pumps, Wet Yards & Manitoba Native Plants

Our yards will be well soaked this year with all the snow we’ve had over winter!! Once the spring rains start, your sump pump will be working around the clock removing water from around your home’s foundation and basement. Often during these times, the sump pump is...

Symbolic Budget Vote For Councillor Equality

Symbolic Budget Vote For Councillor Equality

City Council passed the 2019 Operating and Capital Budget on March 20th. Two thirds of Council did not support the budget. I did not vote to support the budget but instead cast a symbolic vote against the budget to raise awareness on the critical need for ‘Councillor...

BUS ROUTES ARE CHANGING In Southwest Winnipeg

BUS ROUTES ARE CHANGING In Southwest Winnipeg

SEE DETAILED MAP of the routes, noting they are PROPOSED – your feedback is important! SEE Story Boards of Route Changes (including very detailed overview of southern routes) Bus Routes are Changing Winnipeg Transit will be changing existing bus routes  in southwest...

Councillor Wants To Form Working Group To Increase Community Gym Use

Councillor Wants To Form Working Group To Increase Community Gym Use

(Photo credit: Eva Wasney, Canstar)  Pleased to be moving forward in the formation of a working group with Pembina Trails School Division and the City of Winnipeg to enable more affordable and frequent weekend access of school gymnasiums. I made a presentation to the...

Statement On 2019 City Of Winnipeg Budget Process

Statement On 2019 City Of Winnipeg Budget Process

Today Councillor Klein and I called a press conference with media to express our concerns with the City of Winnipeg’s 2019 Budget Process. You can read my statement below – and read Councillor Klein’s statement.  I must say, it is virtually impossible to ensure an...

Upcoming Residential Street Plow – Know Your Zone

Upcoming Residential Street Plow – Know Your Zone

Plowing of residential streets will begin Sunday evening to improve the condition of residential streets. As a result, a Residential Parking Ban has been declared and will be in effect starting Sunday, February 10 at 7 p.m. Residents are urged to confirm their snow...

Waverley West Crime Prevention Workshops

Waverley West Crime Prevention Workshops

DOWNLOAD CRIME PREVENTION POSTER HERE Members of the Winnipeg Police Service will present and answer any questions you may have. South Winnipeg has one of the lowest crime volumes in the City of Winnipeg, and by taking a personal responsibility, we can work to ensure...

Do You Need Indoor Space For Recreation Activities?

Do You Need Indoor Space For Recreation Activities?

(Photo Credit: MLA Jon Reyes) Keeping kids busy,  kids of any age – is a critical part of overall crime prevention. South Winnipeg has the greatest recreation deficit (no recreation facilities) in the entire City and while there is very good progress occurring on the...

Waverley West Ward Priorities

Waverley West Ward Priorities

This is a high level list Waverley West ward concerns, issues & resident priorities resulting from four years of community engagement, discussions, and recent election conversations. There may be more, and if so, let’s discuss.  There are many initiatives one can...

2019 Budget – City & Waverley West Priorities Presentation

2019 Budget – City & Waverley West Priorities Presentation

On January 9th, 2019 I held a budget presentation with approximately 20 community residents / leaders. Councillor Gillingham (Chair of Finance) and Councillor Markus Chambers (Acting Deputy Mayor) also attended. We discussed Waverley West ward priorities that had...

2018 Fire Incidents In Waverley West

2018 Fire Incidents In Waverley West

I’m in constant discussion with Chief Lane on the development of a Fire Hall in the Waverley West ward. I provided a Fire Hall in Waverley West UPDATE this past May, and hope to see some movement reflected in the upcoming 2019 budget. Currently there is no line item...

City Of Winnipeg ’Community Safety Strategic Action Plan’

City Of Winnipeg ’Community Safety Strategic Action Plan’

Crime and crime prevention is weighing heavily on citizens. Regularly I receive calls from residents concerned about crime in their neighbourhood. I heard many concerns when I was door knocking during the recent election. For the Waverley West ward,  I’ve set up a...

What Kind Of Crimes Are Occurring In Waverley West?

What Kind Of Crimes Are Occurring In Waverley West?

I have confirmed with our West District Inspector that these two websites are kept current and updated. Primarily the crime we are experiencing in South Winnipeg are: Stolen vehicles Break-ins of houses and garages But know that there are other crimes occurring, just...

YOUR Role In Reporting Crime

YOUR Role In Reporting Crime

(Photo source: CTV News Winnipeg) YOU can assist in keeping crime rates low by REPORTING any SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY  or CRIME. If you don’t report – the Winnipeg Police may assume everything is just fine – when it isn’t. The Winnipeg Police Service have now expanded and...

Update On South Winnipeg Recreation Campus

Update On South Winnipeg Recreation Campus

This is a very active file and I will provide you with a brief update.  Many significant steps have occurred to prepare the land, secure servicing, funding and planning of the complex. BUT there are also many many ‘moving parts’ that still have to be confirmed. If you...

More Speed Tables In Bridgwater Forest

More Speed Tables In Bridgwater Forest

UPDATE Late last fall the Public Works department attempted to install speed tables – but they were too late in the season as it starting snow the same day. The will be installed in spring 2019.  Here is their response: “Unfortunately due to weather, the asphalt would...

My January, 2019 Newsletter

My January, 2019 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the Waverley West Ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read January, 2019...

Update: Snow/Ice Removal on Sidewalks and Pathways

Update: Snow/Ice Removal on Sidewalks and Pathways

UPDATE: This has been a long drawn out process, here is the latest update (Dec 2019) As per my motion in March 2016 (Item #24) to improve snow and ice removal on sidewalks and pathways  - a report was finally produced almost two years later - in May 2018 (Item # 7)...

Community Crime Prevention Activities

Community Crime Prevention Activities

Crime Prevention Workshops Attend one of two Crime Prevention Workshops I’m holding. I’ve held them in the past and they are a wealth of information. We will also be discussing Neighbourhood Watch and other crime preventative measures. February 13th, 7:00 pm: South...

Residential Street Plow – Know Your Zone

Residential Street Plow – Know Your Zone

Plowing of residential streets will begin Wednesday morning to improve the condition of residential streets. As a result, a Residential Parking Ban has been declared and will be in effect starting Wednesday, January 9 at 7 a.m. Residents are urged to confirm their...

2019 Plans For Our Parks

2019 Plans For Our Parks

I recently met with the Parks department for our annual review of the parks, playground and greenspaces in the Waverley West ward, and to set plan for upcoming park improvements. IF there are improvements to parks that you don’t see listed here but would like to...

Boundaries Of The Waverley West Ward

Boundaries Of The Waverley West Ward

Winnipeg is growing at a rapid pace, and every 10 years or so, the City conducts a review of the ward boundaries to ensure fair and equitable representation for residents. Boundaries changed for many wards, some wards were combined and some were split. There are still...

Upcoming Feedermain Work – Waverley West & Waverley Heights

Upcoming Feedermain Work – Waverley West & Waverley Heights

Water and Waste staff will be working on two feeder mains overnight on Friday, October 26.  This work has the potential to cause discoloured water for customers in the south Winnipeg area (St.Vital, Fort Garry, Linden Woods, Waverley West, Waverley Heights, and near...

Acclaimed in Waverley West

Acclaimed in Waverley West

Photo credit: Wayne Glowacki - Winnipeg Free Press Thank you to all the residents of the new Waverley West ward for their support over the past four years. We worked hard, reached some great accomplishments, and have exciting developments on the horizon! A very warm...

Bridgwater Fitness Centre Goes Big

Bridgwater Fitness Centre Goes Big

Thank you to the Winnipeg Free Press and Bill Redekopp for covering this significant investment in our community. Bridgwater fitness centre goes big Startup planning a $30-million, 80,000-square-foot facility By: Bill Redekop                Posted: 09/10/2018 4:00 AM...

Leading-Edge Fitness Facility Coming To Bridgwater

Leading-Edge Fitness Facility Coming To Bridgwater

Without a doubt this is one of the most exciting projects I’ve been working on this year! its been almost impossible to keep the details ‘under wraps’ because this is such an exciting project! But now, I can share details about the new Altea Fitness Facility! I know...

Transit Transformation In Southwest Winnipeg

Transit Transformation In Southwest Winnipeg

I’d like to thank the Sou’Wester for printing this article in their August 20th edition Transit transformation in southwest Winnipeg By: Janice Lukes - South Winnipeg-St. Norbert City Councillor Ward Report                      Posted: 08/20/2018 3:00 PM   By...

70,000 Sq Ft Recreation Centre In Waverley West

70,000 Sq Ft Recreation Centre In Waverley West

I’m very excited about the new 70,000 sq ft recreation center that is being planned for construction in Waverley West. This recreation centre is a privately owned facility, and is anticipated to open Fall 2019. I’ve been working with the owners and planners and expect...

Update: Recreation Campus In South Winnipeg

Update: Recreation Campus In South Winnipeg

The site of the new recreation campus is currently a big open field. No roads, no water, no sewer, no lights, no drainage – just a big field of prairie grasses!  While it is a rare gift to be able to plan a new recreation campus on an open field with few space...

Update: Bridgwater Forest Fountain

Update: Bridgwater Forest Fountain

While there has much discussion recently surrounding the fountains in Bridgwater Lakes and Trails, I want to provide an update on the Bridgwater Forest Fountain. I have to chuckle when I see this summary tightened into 6 points. I have four years of countless emails...

Brady Landfill Odours, Blowing Garbage, Closing & Moving

Brady Landfill Odours, Blowing Garbage, Closing & Moving

The Brady Road Resource Management Facility opened in 1973 and will be in the shadows of our community for at least the next 100+ years. The only direction Brady is moving is further south of the Perimeter, cell by cell over time. I believe it is important that we are...

St Norbert Bypass On South Perimeter – Information Sessions

St Norbert Bypass On South Perimeter – Information Sessions

This is the latest News Release from the Government of Manitoba's website. I encourage you to attend one of these open houses for a chance to provide your input.  I will be at the St Norbert Community Centre (2340 Pembina Hwy) info session the entire time on Thursday,...

Clarifying Who Mows City Boulevards

Clarifying Who Mows City Boulevards

(Original post date June 8, 2018) In new developments, homeowners can find it confusing to understand who is responsible for mowing the grass on boulevards. Grass should NOT BE HIGHER than 6 inches. A boulevard is the public space between the homeowners house and the...

Traffic Calming Options For Residential Streets

Traffic Calming Options For Residential Streets

We receive many calls on how to slow speeding vehicles down on residential streets. This blog will provide you with an insight to the issue and options. The City’s street system is set up as follows: Residential streets (Priority 3) feed traffic onto Collector...

South Winnipeg Suburbs’ Amenities Take Hit In City, Developer Spat

South Winnipeg Suburbs’ Amenities Take Hit In City, Developer Spat

(Photo Credit: Mikaela Mackenzie - Winnipeg Free Press) Thank you to the Winnipeg Free Press for covering this very important issue. South Winnipeg suburbs' amenities take hit in city, developer spat Winnipeg Free Press        By: Aldo Santin              Posted:...

Requesting Mayor’s Support To Resolve Impasse – Waverley West

Requesting Mayor’s Support To Resolve Impasse – Waverley West

(Original Publish Date: June 13, 2018) As area Councillor, I have reached the limits of my power to resolve an impasse between the Public Service and developers of the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater and South Pointe. I have requested the Mayor’s support to use his...

My June, 2018 Newsletter

My June, 2018 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read June,...

Fire Hall In Waverley West

Fire Hall In Waverley West

Fire Hall in Waverley West – Standards of Response Coverage Report In September, 2016 the City awarded a $186,000 contract to consulting firm Emergency Services International to produce a ‘Standards of Response Coverage’ report (SORC). Emergency Services International...

YOUR INPUT on the Development Application Notification Process

YOUR INPUT on the Development Application Notification Process

The City is looking at ways to improve public NOTIFICATION of land development so processes are as open and transparent as possible. Often, small yellow signs are posted indicating there is a development application. Sometimes depending on the side of lot or...

June 13th OPEN HOUSE – YOUR Recreation and Park Priorities

June 13th OPEN HOUSE – YOUR Recreation and Park Priorities

In Southwest Winnipeg, we know there is a recreation deficit and lack of maintenance for our parks and greenspaces due to rapid growth, and a lack of proper planning for new developments. The City of Winnipeg needs to hear from you! I ENCOURAGE you to attend the June...

UPDATE – Safety Improvements on South Perimeter Highway

UPDATE – Safety Improvements on South Perimeter Highway

(Photo credit: Joe Bryksa - Winnipeg Free Press) See Display Boards presented at the Open Houses Proposed Closures / Changes to the South Perimeter Highway If you have questions or concerns, please contact: Brett Wareham, Director of Regional Operations Eastern...

South Winnipeg St Norbert Ward Is Splitting In Two

South Winnipeg St Norbert Ward Is Splitting In Two

Thank you to the Sou’wester for covering this very significant change in South Winnipeg. It’s been a challenging four years handling the population growth and trying to respond to and represent citizens in the South Winnipeg –St. Norbert ward. It will be bitter sweet...

Moving Filming in Bridgwater

Moving Filming in Bridgwater

Lights, camera, action, Bridgwater! See the below notice letter from Location Manager, Bernie Narvey: Channel Zero, the dream door DEAR BUILDERS & CONTRACTORS re: Bridgwater Development NBC Universal Cable of Los Angeles and Original Pictures of Winnipeg are...

My April, 2018 Newsletter

My April, 2018 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read April,...

Improving Transit in South Winnipeg

Improving Transit in South Winnipeg

By spring of 2020,  the Southwest Transitway is projected to be completed and in operation!  For the next year and a half, Transit’s route planners will be reviewing CHANGES to existing transit routes in South Winnipeg. Shorter routes will ‘feed into’ the corridor,...

Evolving Traffic Patterns & Traffic Studies in Waverley West

Evolving Traffic Patterns & Traffic Studies in Waverley West

As more and more people move into the neighbourhood of Waverley West, traffic increases and patterns develop and change. This increased volume in traffic has an impact on the new community and the surrounding communities. Over the duration of my term, I’ve made...

Expanding Efforts to Combat Rooming Houses in South Winnipeg

Expanding Efforts to Combat Rooming Houses in South Winnipeg

For the past 3.5 years I’ve worked with community members and focused much of my time on understanding and combatting illegal rooming houses in the communities of Ft Richmond and University Heights. These two communities ‘sandwich’ the University of Manitoba. One...

My March, 2018 Newsletter

My March, 2018 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read March,...

Preparing for a New Recreation Campus

Preparing for a New Recreation Campus

The site of the new recreation campus is currently a big open field. No roads, no water, no sewer, no lights, no drainage – just a big field of prairie grasses!  While it is a rare gift to be able to plan a new recreation campus on an open field with few space...

Minutes from Health and Care of Bridgwater Forest Meeting

Minutes from Health and Care of Bridgwater Forest Meeting

Mr. Rodney Penner, City Naturalist attended the Feb 15th meeting and provided residents a detailed overview of the report I commissioned looking at the health of the forest in Bridgwater. I encourage everyone to read the Naturalist's Report in detail. NEXT STEPS: ...

2018 Road Construction in South Winnipeg- St Norbert Ward

2018 Road Construction in South Winnipeg- St Norbert Ward

Evaluating Winnipeg’s Streets for Repair Work Our City streets are evaluated by the Winnipeg Public Works Department using a street rating system as follows: New, Good, Fair and Poor: Typically, anything rated as Poor is automatically scheduled as a rehabilitation or...

Expropriation of Land Moving Forward for Recreation Campus

Expropriation of Land Moving Forward for Recreation Campus

It is important to understand, the City is able to secure additional land to expand the site. Qualico is an excellent 'city building partner' and extensive negotiations are occurring on a regular basis to ensure this site will be built to meet the communities growing...

Dividing South Winnipeg-St. Norbert into 2 New Wards

Dividing South Winnipeg-St. Norbert into 2 New Wards

The South Winnipeg–St. Norbert ward is essentially being divided into two wards due to tremendous population growth. Many of you know I’ve been struggling to keep up with e-mails and phone call responses to all constituents since being elected in 2014. Dividing the...

Community Meeting on Health of Bridgwater Forest

Community Meeting on Health of Bridgwater Forest

Community Meeting on Health and Care of Bridgwater Forest You are invited to attend this meeting to learn more about the health and care of the trees and vegetation in Bridgwater Forest. Individual invites are being mailed to residents whose property backs onto the...

Lifting the Building Cap in Bridgwater

Lifting the Building Cap in Bridgwater

Lifting the Cap in Bridgwater In 2012, City Council placed a building cap on Bridgwater Trails and Bridgwater Center. See details. January 14th 2018 Riel Community Committee: I requested support from Riel Committee Members to lift the building cap in Bridgwater Trails...

My December, 2017 Newsletter

My December, 2017 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read December,...

Development Permits in Bridgwater Remain Capped

Development Permits in Bridgwater Remain Capped

In 2012, three conditions placed a cap on the issuance of building permits in the Bridgwater Community. Three years later, in 2017, Manitoba Housing (developer of the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater) requested the cap be lifted and they NOT comply with the following...

Waverley West Communities & Updating the ‘OurWinnipeg’ Vision

Waverley West Communities & Updating the ‘OurWinnipeg’ Vision

In 2009, the City of Winnipeg reached out to citizens to obtain their feedback in creating a long term plan for our community.  The City invested upwards of $3M to develop OurWinnipeg, a 25-year plan to guide our growth and physical, social, environmental, and...

Revised Development Plans in Bridgwater Forest

Revised Development Plans in Bridgwater Forest

COMPLETE A COMMUNITY SURVEY BY NOVEMBER 6:  Bridgwater Forest Neighbourhood Association (BFNA Facebook Page) is conducting a survey and asking the community if they agree with Manitoba Housing's proposal and what should be put on this site.  The survey deadline...

UPDATE – Personal Care Home in Bridgwater

UPDATE – Personal Care Home in Bridgwater

As our office receives enquiries from residents regarding a wide variety of projects, I wanted to provide an update regarding the personal care home project in Bridgwater.  Below is an excerpt of the September 8th, 2017 article in the Winnipeg Free Press. For more...

Developing a Care/Maintenance Program for Bridgwater Forest

Developing a Care/Maintenance Program for Bridgwater Forest

Please consider joining myself, Bridgwater residents, and the City’s Parks and Naturalist Services Departments as we work towards developing a care and maintenance program for Bridgwater Forest. When dense urban environment is constructed around a natural forest, the...

Building Permit Cap in Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater

Building Permit Cap in Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater

Bridgwater is the fastest growing community in the City of Winnipeg. Since being elected in fall, 2014, I’ve been dealing with many challenges related to a rapidly growing community. In my opinion, the City of Winnipeg was not ready and continues to be ill prepared to...

Bridgwater Forest: Park Maintenance, Forest Health & Fountain

Bridgwater Forest: Park Maintenance, Forest Health & Fountain

The Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater consist of three communities:  Bridgwater Forest, Bridgwater Lakes and Bridgwater Trails. Bridgwater Forest was the first residential community to be developed by the Province's Manitoba Housing division. Bridgwater Forest is designed...

Information Evening:  The Health of Bridgwater Forest

Information Evening: The Health of Bridgwater Forest

Calling all Nature Lovers and Tree Huggers who care about the future of the trees and creatures who live in Bridgwater Forest!  Please join me at an Information Evening on the Health of Bridgwater Forest: DATE: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 TIME:  7:00 to 8:30 pm LOCATION: ...

6.9 Acre Development: Feedback at Bridgwater Forest Open House

6.9 Acre Development: Feedback at Bridgwater Forest Open House

To keep residents informed on Manitoba Housing's plans for this 6.9 acre parcel of land, I'll be continuing to provide updates on my website. To learn more about the Bridgwater Forest Neighbourhood Association, you can contact them at: Facebook Page and...

Future Development in Bridgwater Forest – Open House

Future Development in Bridgwater Forest – Open House

The 6.9 acres of land off Bridgeland Drive North is owned by the Province of Manitoba.  Manitoba Housing, developer of the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater (www.bridgwaterneighbourhoods.com), initially had this land zoned for single-family residential.  While it was...

New 120-Bed Personal Care Home in Bridgwater

New 120-Bed Personal Care Home in Bridgwater

There's lots happening in the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater!  On the horizon is a new personal care home, to be constructed at Bridge Lake Drive and South Town Road. For more information regarding this initiative, contact your elected MLA or the Province of Manitoba....

Waverley West Impact Fees – Open House

Waverley West Impact Fees – Open House

Please join myself and a panel of experts who will present an overview on Winnipeg’s new Impact Fees, their purpose and how the fees will affect residents and businesses in the communities of Waverley West (Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater and South Pointe). DATE: ...

Street Blown-In With Snow in Bridgwater and South Pointe?

Street Blown-In With Snow in Bridgwater and South Pointe?

YOUR assistance in REPORTING snow blockages is greatly appreciated! New communities on the outer edges of the City experience unique snow challenges, as open areas blow in more frequently than areas protected by surrounding buildings and trees. Snow fencing is...

Transit Expansion – Bridgwater & South Pointe

Transit Expansion – Bridgwater & South Pointe

Transit funding for routes in Bridgwater and South Pointe WAS APPROVED in the 2017 budget process! This is welcome news for thousands of transit users in these growing communities! Since being elected, I’ve been working to secure funding in the City's budget for...

BLOWING SNOW in Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater & South Pointe

BLOWING SNOW in Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater & South Pointe

These new communities in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward have many open areas - open fields awaiting development, open areas with young small trees, and limited overall protection from wind. I am told by the City's Public Works Department that snow removal occurs...

Bridgwater Holiday Lights Contest

Bridgwater Holiday Lights Contest

Enter the 2016 Holiday Lights photo contest, hosted by the Bridgwater Forest and Bridgwater Lakes neighbourhood associations!  Join in the fun, and you could win a prize!  For all the details, see the poster below. For more information on residents' groups and...

Transit Update in Bridgwater & South Pointe

Transit Update in Bridgwater & South Pointe

This overview is to provide an update on efforts to secure an extension of Winnipeg Transit service in South Winnipeg. Expanding transit service is a top request from residents in the Bridgwater and South Pointe communities - it's also listed as 1 of 2 top priorities...

Save-On-Foods Opening November 18!

Save-On-Foods Opening November 18!

I'm happy to announce that Save-On-Foods will be opening a new store at 400 North Town Road in Bridgwater Forest!  The store will be opening to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, November 18.  I've just had a sneak peak, and it is absolutely outstanding! The big...

Drainage from Sump Pumps & Downspouts

Drainage from Sump Pumps & Downspouts

Our office receives many questions from residents regarding drainage off properties, from both sump pumps and downspouts.  To assist, we are providing below some links to the Water and Waste Department's page on the City of Winnipeg website. Residential Lot Grading It...

“Speed Table” Pilot Project on Bridgeland Drive North

“Speed Table” Pilot Project on Bridgeland Drive North

The Bridgwater communities are some of the newest residential subdivisions in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward.   It's a thriving area that is growing rapidly – homes are continuing to be built and new families are moving in.   As the community grows, so does the...

Proposed Temple in Bridgwater Forest

Proposed Temple in Bridgwater Forest

In August, I was pleased to attend a community open house, hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, regarding a proposed Temple in the development of Bridgwater Forest.  My thanks to The Sou'Wester for reporting on this story. For further information...

Short-Term Solution:  Greenspace Maintenance in Bridgwater Forest

Short-Term Solution: Greenspace Maintenance in Bridgwater Forest

At present, two developers (Manitoba Housing and Ladco Company Limited)  and the City of Winnipeg are responsible for the maintenance of parks and open spaces in the communities of Waverly West.  The developers take care of the parks and open spaces for a...

Parks & Greenspace in Bridgwater Forest

Parks & Greenspace in Bridgwater Forest

Interested in learning more about the maintenance of parks and greenspace in Bridgwater Forest?!  Mark your calendar to attend this information evening: TIME:  7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 PLACE:  Waverley Heights Community Centre, 1885 Chancellor Drive NOTE: ...

Bridgwater Forest Fountain Repairs May Cost $100K+

Bridgwater Forest Fountain Repairs May Cost $100K+

A fountain that was a major selling point for a brand-new southwest Winnipeg community is already costing taxpayers thousands of dollars. The landmark fountain in Bridgwater Forest has been out of order for at least two years. The water feature was the centrepiece of...

2016 Approved Budget – Bridgwater Fountain

2016 Approved Budget – Bridgwater Fountain

In 2016, the City of Winnipeg will be investing $100,000 towards repairing the Bridgwater Forest Fountain and repairing surrounding landscaping (pathways). Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation will also be investing funding towards the fountain’s repair. Once...

Taking Action on Transit in Bridgwater & South Pointe

Taking Action on Transit in Bridgwater & South Pointe

A recent article in The Sou’Wester Community newspaper (see below) provides some insight on  Winnipeg Transit’s current position related to route expansion. I’d like to update you and provide you with additional information on what is occurring in the Bridgwater and...

Development and Maintenance of Bridgwater & South Pointe

Development and Maintenance of Bridgwater & South Pointe

The Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater and South Pointe are Winnipeg’s newest residential communities. This high level overview provides simplified background information on the development and maintenance of these communities which are located in the South Winnipeg-St....

UPDATE – Transit in Bridgwater and South Pointe

UPDATE – Transit in Bridgwater and South Pointe

On June 23, 2015, I chaired a meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works.  One of the issues on the agenda was the need for increased transit service in the communities of Bridgwater and South Pointe. The Winnipeg Public...

Increased Transit Service to Bridgwater/South Pointe Communities

Increased Transit Service to Bridgwater/South Pointe Communities

On January 19, I brought forward a motion (Increase Transit Motion 2015) to have the Winnipeg Public Service research and report back (in 120 days) on their findings related to improving transit service in these communities.  A motion is a formal request to ‘get the...

Bridgwater and South Pointe

The Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater and community of South Pointe are the newest residential subdivisions in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward.    Originally referred to as Waverley West, this area is located south of Bishop Grandin Boulevard and west of Waverley Street.  With an area of about 3,100 acres, it’s expected that over 11,000 new homes, apartments and condominiums will be constructed, with a projected population of 40,000+.

I understand when a new community evolves, it takes time to have enough people living in the community to justify a new transit route.  With the rapid growth in these areas, I believe the time has come and am working closely with the community as well as Winnipeg Transit to expand service.

  • TRANSIT UPDATE:  Winnipeg Transit expanded service into Bridgewater Lakes and South Pointe in September 2017.   SEE Transit Service in South Winnipeg for details.

In new residential developments, the responsibility for maintenance of public green space transitions over time from the developer to the City.  This process sometimes results in confusion as to who has responsibility to maintain certain areas.  The maps  below indicate who is responsible for maintenance of public space.  However, responsibilities will continue to change as the City assumes ownership of the areas.  We will update these maps regularly as responsibilities are transitioned.

PARKS and PUBLIC SPACE MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITIES

Bridgwater Forest 2018 Maintenance

Bridgwater Centre, Lakes and Trails 2018 Maintenance

South Pointe 2018 Maintenance

TRAIL NETWORK:

Bridgwater Lakes 2017 Trail Map

Bridgwater Forest 2017 Trail Map

Bridgwater Trails 2017 Trail Map

South Pointe 2017 Trail Map

It has taken quite some time to obtain clarification from City Departments and the Province of Manitoba as to who is responsible for maintaining the public greenspaces.  Residents should forward requests for the maintenance of public green space to Winnipeg’s 311 Service (E-Mail 311@winnipeg.ca), who will then ensure that either the City or developer attends to the issue.

 

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Janice Lukes
City Councillor
Waverley West Ward
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