The city and province are spending a combined $9.7 million to fund a new sports and recreation centre at the Jonathan Toews Community Centre in St. Vital.
The 54,210-square-foot multi-use field house will support a variety of recreational sports, such as volleyball, all-season baseball, basketball, aerobics, track and indoor soccer. It will also provide space for numerous fitness options for seniors.
“Active Winnipeggers have been asking for multi-use facilities like this one,” Mayor Sam Katz said on Friday. “The city is pleased to contribute to a sports and recreation centre that will no doubt become a hub of activity in South Winnipeg.”
The new design will integrate with the existing building complex and will be capable of staging multi-court volleyball and basketball tournaments that can seat up to 1,500 spectators.
The Dakota Street centre will cost $17.3 million in total, with the remaining funding to come from various sports associations and community groups. The City of Winnipeg’s contribution is $4.76 million, while the Manitoba government is providing $5 million.