A commitment I made two years ago during the campaign was to ensure we allocated ward allowances to improve and enhance our community parks.
I’m very proud that, with the help of residents and our team at the City of Winnipeg Parks, we have completed several park upgrades in 2020. We have reallocated over $250,000 in our ward funds this summer through various project grants and to City Parks for work.
Park upgrades completed this summer include Bannatyne Grove, which received a new basketball hoop centered on the pad and had lines painted. Supporting a local parents’ group through a grant, Ridgewood West Park saw some beautiful landscaping upgrades this summer. Bedson Park received over $100,000 of new playground equipment, and next year, we will be adding additional play equipment for 5 to 12-year-olds.
An area resident visited our community, took photos, and provided me a detailed list of minor repairs needed. We were able to use our ward budget to address these items. Some of the projects are done while others are scheduled for completion this fall.
Parks needing new or repaired signs included Parc Morrissette, Dellwood Green, Parc Branconnier, Peri Green, and Charleswood Place.
Fraser Meadow also needs a new park sign. The only one is a damaged metal directional sign at Municipal and Rannock.
Other parks requiring signage are Charleswood Memorial Park, Beuchemin Park, Lockhart-McDowell Garden, Gladys Bunn Park, Paulson Park, and Bramble Park.
The resident helped identify the need for new gravel at the entrance of Beuchemin Park and a new basketball hoop for Bannatyne Grove.
We did focus on our community in 2019 by allocating funds to the Scotswood-Glenbush Park Playground, Tom Brown Park, and Edward Shindleman Park.
I was also incredibly proud to work with residents in The Oaks to plant several new trees along the fence line facing the Perimeter Highway.
These are the most rewarding projects for me as an elected official. Working with residents to see their desires for our community become a reality. These are your tax dollars, which should be allocated to enhancing the quality of life in your community. Together we achieve these projects. I was elected to work on your behalf, and I’m proud to do that.
Kevin Klein is the city councillor for Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood.