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Shipping Container-Turned Washroom Opens at St. Vital Park

Shipping Container-Turned Washroom Opens at St. Vital Park

St. Vital Park Washroom
Councillor Brian Mayes speaks during the opening of the new three-season washroom at St. Vital Park on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. (@CITYOFWINNIPEG / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — A new three-season washroom built out of an old shipping container has opened at St. Vital Park.

The washroom is located between the playground and summer picnic shelter and runs 48-feet long.

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Expanded Duck Pond Pavilion Opens in St. Vital Park

The newly-completed St. Vital Park Duck Pond Pavilion is now open in the south end of Winnipeg.

Replacing the former duck pond shelter, the $1.4 million, 2,300-square-foot facility acts as both an outdoor picnic shelter in the summer and a heated skate change building in the winter.

The north and south façades of the pavilion incorporate continuous bi-folding doors that enable the building to be completely open across a 55-foot-wide span during summer. Throughout the winter months the transparent glazing system will remain closed, providing an insulated interior space.

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New Toboggan Slides, Warming Shelter for St. Vital

St. Vital Park Toboggan Slides
An artist’s render of planned toboggan slides and a warming shelter for St. Vital Park. (HANDOUT)
St. Vital Park Warming Shelter
The planned warming shelter for St. Vital Park. (HANDOUT)

In the dead of winter, what better way to pass the time than by going tobogganing?

St. Vital Park is getting two new toboggan slides and a four-season shelter to keep visitors out of the elements.

The city and province announced the $63,400 project on Thursday, one day after Environment Canada confirmed Winnipeg is in the middle of its coldest winter since 1979.

The two slides — both of varying height — and year-round shelter will replace the existing, aging toboggan slides.

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Demolition Begins on St. Vital Duck Pond Shelter

Geese enjoy themselves at the St. Vital Park duck pond in this file photo. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
Geese enjoy themselves at the St. Vital Park duck pond in this file photo. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

The duck pond shelter in St. Vital Park is being demolished to make way for a new pavilion.

Last spring, the city held an open house to get public feedback on a revamped design for the Duck Pond Pavilion. The ‘Wing’ concept was chosen, and features a dynamic roof form, suggestive of a bird’s wing in flight which provides two distinct covered picnic zones, each with a unique view of the pond. The interior space contains built-in seating flanked by a fireplace and washroom area.

Construction on the new shelter will begin later this year as part of the $1 million project.

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Winnipeg Boy with Leukemia Drives Away with a Dream

Isaiah Toews
Isaiah Toews, 3, sits behind the wheel of his new motorized Jeep courtesy of the Dream Factory as Winnipeg police Const. Shaun Chornley presents him with the keys on Friday, July 19, 2013. (THE DREAM FACTORY)

A three-year-old Winnipeg boy battling leukemia was all smiles on Friday when he was granted a wish by the Dream Factory.

Isaiah Toews received the keys to his battery-operated toy Jeep at St. Vital Park and put the pedal to the metal. But before he did, Winnipeg police Const. Shaun Chornley gave him a few pieces of safe driving advice.

“This little boy has already been poked, prodded and injected so many times,” said Isaiah’s grandfather, Chris Toews. “He now trusts absolutely no one in a white coat.”

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Walk for Miracles Set for Sunday at St. Vital Park

Children's Hospital FoundationDr. Goodbear is lacing up for the 10th Annual Walk for Miracles on Sunday, as more than 200 participants take to the pathways at St. Vital Park.

The annual 1 km or 5 km walk begins at 10 a.m. inside the park, with a kick off taking place shortly before at 9:30 a.m.

The event raises funds and support for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

The Foundation works to support the special health care needs of children through reliable and consistent funding of equipment and programs at Children’s Hospital — HSC Winnipeg and pediatric medical research at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health.

Upgrades Coming to St. Vital Park’s Duck Pond Pavilion

By Sarah Klein

Geese enjoy themselves at the St. Vital Park Duck Pond in this 2012 file photo. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
Geese enjoy themselves at the St. Vital Park Duck Pond in this 2012 file photo. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

St. Vital Park in the city’s south end will see $2 million in improvements this year.

Mayor Sam Katz said on Tuesday the Duck Pond Pavilion will get a $1 million makeover, with $300,000 to replace the summer washroom facility and $750,000 to replace the park’s boat launch, which will include riverbank stabilization, an improved dock, and better lighting.

Last spring, the city held an open house to get public feedback on a revamped design for the Duck Pond Pavilion. The winning design chosen is called the “Wing,” and features a dynamic roof form, suggestive of a bird’s wing in flight. The roof provides two distinct, covered picnic zones, while the interior contains built-in seating flanked by a fireplace and washroom area.

Funding for the upgrades come from the city’s 2013 budget, which has also set money aside for upgrades to Kildonan Park, Whittier Park, Kilcona and Harbourview Parks and Assiniboine Park.

Runners Lace Up for ALS Society’s Legacy Run

The weather looks like it will cooperate for the ALS Society of Manitoba’s Legacy Run today.

The 5k run at St. Vital Park begins at 9 a.m. at the Duck Pond, with proceeds going directly to fighting ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

ALS is a rapidly progressive fatal neuromuscular disease. It is characterized by degeneration of a select group of nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord, which leads to progressive paralysis of the muscles.

Early donations have brought in nearly $500 for the run. Anyone wishing to donate can still do so online.

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Rotary Club Run Fundraising for Winnipeg Harvest

By David Klassen

The first ever Run for a Hunger-Free Manitoba half marathon is set for this morning in St. Vital Park.

At 8 a.m., runners will lace up at the Duck Pond shelter and get active in support of Winnipeg Harvest. Proceeds from the Fort Garry Rotary Club’s run are going towards the local food bank to assist city families in need.

Two of the participates running are a mother-daughter team from St. Norbert who have been training the last few months. Kathryn Cano’s goal is to finish the half marathon with her 18-year-old daughter and help support Harvest by doing so.

Prizes and category medals in the 15 km marathon will be handed out at 11 a.m.