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Neighbourhood Update from Councillor Morantz

May 3, 2018

Over the past four years, I have listened to what your priorities are and I have made them my focus at City Hall for our ward. Together, we have worked hard to improve our roads and green spaces while enhancing our community in smart and strategic ways.
 
Roads and Infrastructure
 

I have been dedicated to working on the following initiatives:

  • Last year, the reconstruction of Loudoun Road began to convert it from a gravel road to a chipseal road, significantly enhancing the day-to-day life of residents who depend on this infrastructure. Construction will start back up in the late spring and we anticipate this project will be complete later in the year.

  • Improvements have been made at the intersection of McGillivray Boulevard and McCreary Road, in part as a result of your input to my office about your concerns around visibility and road safety. My office and I had shared these concerns with the RM of Macdonald, which is responsible for this corner, and they are completing realignment and resurfacing to address these issues.

  • Hearing the voice of the community, as well as staff and parents of students at the Gray Academy of Jewish Education, I successfully worked to change the Reduced-Speed School Zone on Wellington Crescent. The speed limit was returned to 50 km/h.

  • We are making significant resurfacing improvements to Roblin Boulevard from Assiniboine Park Dr to Shaftesbury Blvd in the years to come. This major road project for our ward will tackle the eastbound stretch this year and the westbound route in 2019.

  • In Whyte Ridge, the next phase of the Route 90 Improvements saw the widening of Kenaston Boulevard to improve traffic flow, decrease wait times and better support the growing population in the south end of the city.
 Green Spaces

 I am proud to have supported and continue to assist in making the following projects possible: 
 
  • Thanks to an incredible community-led initiative and significant collaborations at the civic level, we have restored the Gil Bramwell Football Field. The community now has a safe, quality space for Oak Park students to practice football. This project was funded in part by grants from the City.

  • We have completed significant upgrades to LaFleche Park, including refinished tennis, pickleball and basketball courts.

  • Last fall, I was thrilled to unveil amazing upgrades to the Tuxedo Tennis Club, which allows members to play longer and safer. LED energy-efficient lighting was installed on two newly resurfaced courts.  As well, the parking lot was repaved, including accessible stalls and a new sidewalk, which are well used by players and spectators alike. This project was funded in part by grants from the City.

  • On behalf of the City of Winnipeg, I’m proud that we are contributing $10 million to the development of Canada’s Diversity Gardens, the final major phase of the redevelopment campaign to revitalize and rejuvenate Assiniboine Park. Expected to open in 2019, the gardens will feature four cornerstones –The Leaf, The Indigenous Peoples’ Garden, The Cultural Mosaic Gardens, and The Grove – all of which are set to feature the human connection with plants and nature, and will showcase our nation’s extraordinary multicultural heritage.

  • Last fall I had the honour and privilege to attend the renaming ceremony at Roblin Park Community Centre. The centre’s field was renamed to Marcy Beaucage Field, in recognition of the tremendous impact Charleswood resident Marcy Beaucage has had throughout his more than 30 years volunteering at the centre.

  • Our office has been a steadfast supporter of the Charleswood Historical Society, in particular assisting in support for the historic Caron House at Caron Park.
 
Community Improvement
 
We have seen great developments in this area recently:

  • The opening of Outlet Collection Winnipeg last spring was a huge addition to our neighbourhood, creating 1,300 full-time and part-time retail jobs, plus 400 building-related jobs just in its construction. The draw of new and familiar retailers, restaurants, and amenities like the Hilton Garden Inn Winnipeg South and the Audi Winnipeg dealership are continuing to attract a consistent flow of shoppers to our flourishing community.

  • Based on the 2017 Winnipeg Wards Boundaries Commission’s latest report, as of September 17, 2018, my new ward will be named Charleswood – Tuxedo and will see the community of Whyte Ridge join the newly established Waverley West ward. In return, we are welcoming our neighbours north of the river in Assiniboia Downs, Glendale, Westwood, and Kirkfield. This shift will redistribute the population in both wards to ensure the best representation for all citizens. It has truly been my pleasure to represent Whyte Ridge for the past four years and I’m excited to dedicate my time and energy to the projects and causes that matter to all of the residents in Charleswood – Tuxedo.

I’m so proud of everything we have accomplished together so far and I want to hear from you about what we should tackle next. If you have project ideas or community needs you would like to discuss, please contact me at 204-986-5232 or mmorantz@winnipeg.ca. I look forward to hearing from you.

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