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City Rec. Centres Share in $7.5M for Upgrades

May 11, 2015 2:38 PM | News

By Sarah Klein

Broadway Neighbourhood Centre

Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, 185 Young Street (GOOGLE STREET VIEW)

Community centres and recreational facilities in Winnipeg are seeing upgrades through $7.5 million in provincial funding.

The Manitoba government announced Monday applications for the three-year Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program (WCIP) are now open. Funding will provide grants to support not-for-profit or city-owned community recreation facilities within the city.

“These are the types of projects that have an immediate, positive impact on local neighbourhoods,” said Municipal Government Minister Drew Caldwell. “We believe that upgrading recreation facilities helps strengthen communities while encouraging children and families to engage in healthy activities.”

The Broadway Neighbourhood Centre received $20,000 through WCIP to upgrade its kitchen facilities, which has allowed it to run a number of food programs that assist disadvantaged youth to gain important life skills.

More than $6.4 million has been committed to 148 projects since the program launched in 2013.