By Brian Schultz
Sport Manitoba has reached its target community fundraising campaign goal of $500,000 to expand the Sport for Life Centre in downtown Winnipeg.
The second phase of the centre is a $23 million project, which will expand on its training space and tools, exercise and sport facilities, therapeutic space, research facilities and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
Through corporate and community initiatives, Sport Manitoba has already raised $7.2 million of the overall $8 million goal. The latest round of fundraising was matched by a $500,000 contribution by the Richardson Foundation.
“It’s exciting to see this project so close to becoming a reality,” said Jeff Hnatiuk, president and CEO of Sport Manitoba. “We continue to do our best to provide the level of service needed to our sports, community athletes and for our downtown neighbours, but are severely restricted by our existing space.”
The balance of the project is being funded through government support and capital funding earmarked for the facility as the legacy project of the 2017 Canada Summer Games.