The Manitoba government is investing $600,000 to support the development of two new greenway trails in Winnipeg, Environment, Climate and Parks Minister Jeff Wharton announced today.

“We want to encourage Manitobans to get active and enjoy the outdoors, and that is why our government is pleased to support these two important projects in Winnipeg,” Wharton said. “The past few years have shown us how important trails are to Manitobans and how much they contribute to people’s health, happiness and well-being. Our government is pleased to have invested $10 million over the past two years as part of a grant program to help create, maintain and expand recreational trails across the province including throughout Winnipeg.”

Administered by Trails Manitoba on behalf of the provincial government, the Trails Grant for Winnipeg is designed to create social and economic benefits to trail users.

Two Winnipeg projects have been approved for grant funding as part of the Trails Grant for Winnipeg:

  • The North Winnipeg Parkway Active Transportation Project, which will connect The Forks and Chief Peguis Trail through a multi-use path, will receive $150,000.
  • The Northwest Hydro Corridor Construction Project will be supported with a $450,000 grant. The 2.4-km multi-use path, located within the hydro corridor west of McPhillips Street, between Leila and Church avenues. The path will feature safety improvements like lighting, benches and new pedestrian and cyclist traffic signals.

“Both these projects will help us make progress toward our climate-change goals, close critical connectivity gaps, and address the long-standing imbalance between north and south Winnipeg in active transportation infrastructure,” said Matt Allard, city councillor, City of Winnipeg,  and chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works.

The Trails Grant for Winnipeg is part of an overall $10-million investment by the Manitoba government, in partnership with Trails Manitoba and The Winnipeg Foundation, the minister noted. The endowment fund will generate annual revenue in perpetuity to support the creation, maintenance and enhancement of recreational trails across Manitoba.

“Trails Manitoba is excited by the development of these two projects, as they aim to enhance physical, psychological and social well-being of trail users,” said Tim Coffin, executive director, Trails Manitoba. “We know Winnipeg residents will benefit from these projects for many years to come.”

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