Minister Jeff Wharton met with Mayor Randy Woroniuk, Coun. Thora Palson and Director of Parks and Recreation, Chris Hornby, in Gimli Jan. 18.
By Twyla Siple
Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton announced Jan. 18 the government of Canada is providing the RM of Gimli with $200,000 to support its local water park, which began construction in 2016.
The RM has also contributed funding to the project from its Gas Tax Funds. The newly created park is expected to open as soon as Canada Day.
Wharton met with Mayor Randy Woroniuk, Councillor Thora Palson, and Chris Hornby, Manager of Parks and Recreation at the site of the new aquatic centre to present the cheque.
“On behalf of the provincial government and my colleagues, Mr. Mayor, I would like you to take this cheque for the amount of $200,000 to go towards your strategic project and the pool here in Gimli.” Wharton said. “It’s going to be great and I can’t wait to bring my grandkids here.”
The province has committed more than $20 million to support community development in 2017-18, Wharton noted.
In addition to December’s announcement that the province will be providing $2.6 million to community development programs, an additional $1.4 million is being granted to non-profit and community-led organizations for community-driven neighbourhood revitalization and local community development projects.
Woroniuk explained that lakeside communities are facing challenges when it comes to the future health of Lake Winnipeg with the blue green algae and phosphorus levels on the rise. “The lake is changing,” he said. “We need another type of recreation that’s safer.”
Gimli’s new Aquatic Centre will provide a variety of activities including swimming lessons, and will create new employment opportunities for the region.
“We are looking at a soft opening mid May or June, and a hard opening on Canada Day,” Woroniuk added. “And I look forward to bringing my grandson here, too, as soon as he gets here.”