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New facility will provide ice rinks, fitness centre, auditorium to support growing demand in South Winnipeg 

South Winnipeg continues to grow, with new housing developing from Waverley West all the way to Sage Creek and elsewhere.  This growth is putting new strain on the recreational facilities all across the southern half of the City.  To help address this challenge, Hugh McFadyen and the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives are proposing a new, 60,000 square foot multiplex facility to be built after determining the best location in cooperation with the community.  The multiplex would include two full-size ice rinks, a fitness centre, and auditorium space.  The $8 million facility would be located in South Winnipeg, and a Manitoba PC government would work with the City of Winnipeg to determine the appropriate location and land. 

Hugh McFadyen

“When I speak with Manitoba families and when I speak with city councillors I hear a lot of concern over a shortage of ice-time, of recreation space, and this is a particular concern in South Winnipeg where we have seen a lot of new development,” says McFadyen. “New multiplex sites are an important priority for the City of Winnipeg. A new multiplex will build on the success seen with other similar facilities to provide more opportunities for recreation, for amateur sports and community programming.” 

A McFadyen government would fund the construction of the project via the Manitoba Community Investment Fund, announced previously during the campaign.  The location would be determined after consulting with the City of Winnipeg and the community to determine what land would be available and where it would make sense to locate it. 

“This proposal is another part of our balanced and realistic plan to move Manitoba forward. Because we are taking a realistic approach to the budget, we can encourage economic growth, invest in community and facilities and ensure we don’t increase taxes.” adds McFadyen. “Greg Selinger and the NDP say they will balance the budget in 2014, and that means he plans to increase taxes, hurting Manitoba families and Manitoba’s economy. Our plan will build stronger communities, with no tax increases while supporting valuable projects like this.” 

For more information, please contact:

Rebekah Swistun, Communications Officer
Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party
Office: 318-2111
Mobile: 230-4598
Email: [email protected]