South Winnipeg Action Team (SWAT)

Feb 13, 2017

Update – Requests for Proposals (RFP) have now closed.

Received proposals are currently being evaluated by the SWAT team.

Planning Underway For Recreation Complex For South Winnipeg

Artist rendering of new Centre

Artist rendering of a similar site for Calgary

One of the biggest complaints long-time residents and newcomers moving to South Winnipeg have are the lack of recreational facilities in the area. But hopefully that may be a thing of the past.

Members of the South Winnipeg Community Centre recognized this recreation deficit more than 5 years ago and initiated discussions with the City of Winnipeg at that point in time. Today, we are pleased to share some good news with you. Excellent progress is being made on the development of a new community recreation campus for the residents of South Winnipeg!

Last November representatives from the South Winnipeg Community Centre (SWCC) and members of the South Winnipeg Action Team (SWAT) met with Mayor Brian Bowman and also successfully lobbied City Council to move forward the development of an integrated multi-use community campus in the expanding South Winnipeg area.

We are pleased to announce with the assistance of St. Norbert Councillor Janice Lukes, City Council unanimously approved $350,000 to support a planning process for the development of a recreation campus and a land planning process for South Winnipeg.

The South Winnipeg Community Centre led the formation of the South Winnipeg Action Team. SWAT is an umbrella organization representing 55,000+ residents and stakeholder organizations in South Winnipeg, focused on improving recreation infrastructure and services in South Winnipeg.

Representatives of SWAT include:

  • South Winnipeg Community Centre (Fort Richmond, Richmond West, Waverley Heights, Waverley West)
  • Manitoba Chinese Community Centre
  • Manitoba Islamic Association
  • Riel Advisory Group
  • Pembina Active Living 55+
  • South Pointe Residents Association
  • Richmond West Neighbourhood Association
  • Bridgwater Lakes Neighbourhood Association
  • Bridgwater Forest Neighbourhood Association

It is clear there is a strong desire, interest and commitment to the pursuit of a showcase community recreation campus as the hub of a regional recreation delivery strategy in south Winnipeg.

The rationale for moving forward is simple as the population increase in South Winnipeg over the past decade has left residents without adequate recreational infrastructure In fact service levels were below the City’s established Recreation Leisure & Library Facilities (RLLF) policy before construction of Waverley West neighbourhoods even began more than five years ago.

Existing facilities are aging and are not adequate to meet the needs of the City’s most rapidly growing community. The recreation infrastructure deficit in South Winnipeg is equivalent to 3.5 traditional community centers in addition to required library, emergency services and transit investments.

Stakeholders believe that the realization of a regional campus facility will establish a framework to rationalize the delivery of recreational services in south Winnipeg and create a basis for undertaking targeted reinvestment at existing facilities.  This strategy also creates an opportunity to repurpose existing facilities or to redevelop them entirely so that the proceeds could be redirected to the overall service delivery project.

It is believed that developing a showcase regional campus as the hub of a coordinated approach for the entire community will meet the needs of the residents of South Winnipeg into the future as stakeholders believe the traditional community centre is no longer a viable strategy

The development of a regional recreation campus will achieve this by:

  • Pursuing synergies and cost savings with Pembina Trails School Division and through alignment of City investments in libraries transit and emergency services
  • Investigate opportunities to leverage a relationship YM/YWCA Manitoba
  • Reposition or redevelop existing recreation facilities (eg. Margaret Grant, existing CCs)
  • Lower overall construction costs through shared infrastructure and servicing investments
  • Take steps to establish a bold new vision for the delivery of recreation services that is current relevant and in line with service expectations
  • Drive the planning design development and operations together with SWAT

There is a still a significant amount of work required before a new regional recreation campus is a reality in South Winnipeg but stakeholders are committed to moving this important project to make it a reality.

In the coming year the following will take place to move this important project forward

  • Open Houses will be occurring this spring inviting the community to share thoughts and ideas on what a new recreation facility should contain
  • A conceptual plan will be developed on what the facility will contain and design details, along with an estimated cost of construction
  • A funding plan will be developed, seeking private and public funding from all levels of government
  • Ongoing discussions with the YM/YWCA, Pembina Trails School Division and City of Winnipeg will occur
  • Securing funding will be critical in determining the timeline of this project. Ideally construction of the project could occur between 2019-2020 if funding is secured within the next two years.

“Please Help Support a New Recreation Complex “

  • Attend upcoming Open Houses to offer your input. Details coming soon!
  • Please tell Provincial candidates that come to your door that a recreation complex for South Winnipeg is a priority.
  • Ask Provincial candidates for their funding commitment to a South Winnipeg Recreation Campus.

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