A 21-block walk through Winnipeg’s North End will build community awareness and promote safer neighbourhoods today.
The LiveSAFE 21-Block Outreach Initiative is made up of community groups and staff representing various City of Winnipeg services.
The plan is to walk the area bordering Salter Street to the east, McGregor Street to the west, Dufferin Avenue to the south and Burrows Avenue to the north. At the same time, city staff and by-law enforcement officers will be ensuring yards are free of garbage and check to see that houses, buildings, garages and fences are in good repair.Public Works staff will be checking for graffiti, replacing damaged street signs and providing tree removal services on city property.
“I want to commend everyone involved in this grassroots initiative for working together to bring information and a positive presence to the neighbourhood,” said Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman. “The team effort that has been made here and continues to be made to create a cleaner, safer community is evident.”
Several organizations are taking part including members of the William Whyte Residents Association (WWRA), the Dufferin Residents Association of Winnipeg (Draw Inc.), the North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC), the North End Business Development Centre, the Winnipeg Police Services Community Support Unit and Auxiliary Cadets along with city staff from Community Services and Public Works.
“The key to success is that these agencies will share information and will work together to achieve a common goal rather than just working within their organizational silos,” said Winnipeg police Chief Devon Clunis.
The one-day initiative will kickoff at 10 a.m. this morning at the North End Business Centre, 607 Selkirk Avenue.