Council Votes to Delay Water Park Decision


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A plan to approve a $7 million subsidy by the city for a water park at The Forks has been put on hold until more information can be gathered.

City council voted 10-5 Wednesday to delay the plan after a motion by St. Boniface councillor Dan Vandal was brought forward to request further details on the development.

Hotel chain Canalta wants to build a 50,000-square-foot water park and 250-room destination hotel on land currently occupied by a surface parking lot. The deal would see Canalta pay the City of Winnipeg $6 million for the land, known as Parcel Four, and provide $700,000 in annual vouchers to allow access to low income families over 25 years. Sketches of the proposed design have not yet been made public.

The delay also allows for consultations with stakeholders in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and The Forks, who have not yet been consulted on the plan.

Councillors Justin Swandel, Mike Pagtakhan, Paula Havixbeck, Grant Nordman, and Russ Wyatt voted against delaying the proposal.

Mayor Sam Katz has not been involved in the discussions surrounding a water park, after he recused himself last week. Katz is the owner of the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team, which plays at Shaw Park, located just north of where the proposed facility would be.


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