The University of Winnipeg’s massive UNITED Health and RecPlex is now open.
The $40 million facility, located between Spence and Young Streets, features a state-of-the-art, indoor green space to accommodate a multitude of sports such as soccer, flag football and track and field, as well as cultural and community events.
“Many of the children and teenagers in this neighbourhood are new immigrants facing language and financial barriers and Indigenous youth,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, U of W president and vice-chancellor.
“We are creating a respectful and inclusive environment for all. Just as importantly, our students and faculty have gained an important new resource on campus, with access to hands-on academic and community-based research opportunities and new practicum experiences.”
The project took nearly two years to complete and also features a four-lane rubberized sprint track, a practice gym, retractable batting cages, a multi-events room, a dance/yoga studio, food and beverage kiosks, and an underground parkade that can accommodate 200 vehicles.
The complex is 189,000-square-feet with a 50-by-90 metre soccer field, which meets minimum FIFA standard.
The province contributed $15 million towards the project, while the city chipped in $2 million.