South Winnipeg Recreation Campus Update (Nov 2019)
It should come as no surprise that the City has been aware for 12+ years, that a recreation campus would need to be constructed in South West Winnipeg. Council approved the Waverley West Areas Structure Plan in February of 2006. The plan encompassed ~3,000 acres and anticipated a population of ~50,000+ when fully built out which is larger than the City of Brandon (48,859 – 2016 Census) Original projections for the Waverley West development assumed a 25+ year build out but, due in large part to the very successful Provincial Nominee program, Waverley West has grown at twice the pace initially expected.
Since I was elected in 2014, and with unanimous support of City Council throughout every step of the process, I’ve worked collaboratively to:
- Secure 19 acres of land for the recreation campus
- Secure funding for, and participated with landowners in a ~14 month planning process (Area Structure Plan) to lay out the ‘bones’ (streets, zoning, etc.) of the Waverley West ‘B’ Neighbourhood, where the new recreation campus will be located.
- Secure $26M in City funding, with huge support from the residents of WW, to put towards Phase One of the recreation campus
- Support with all of Council (unanimous support) an application to the Provincial and Federal governments for additional funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP)
The City submitted the ICIP funding request in September 2019 seeking:
- $20M from the Province of Manitoba
- $24M from the Government of Canada
- See details in Council Report
Also, not related but important to note:
- As of March 31, 2019, residents and commercial entities in the neighbourhoods of Bridgwater Forest, Lakes Trails and Bridgwater Centre have enabled $117.4 million in investments in housing projects to revitalize Winnipeg neighbourhoods in need.
- For additional details, please see: $117.4 M in Contributions