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$30,000 Community Places grant announced for ESP Centennial Plaza

Posted: August 4, 2016

Members of East St. Paul municipal council and St. Paul MLA Ron Schuler were on hand yesterday at the municipal office to announce $30,000 in provincial funding for East St. Paul’s Centennial Plaza.

L to R: Councillor Orest Horechko, Councillor Charles Posthumus, Mayor Shelley Hart,
Honourable Ron Schuler, Councillor Mike Wasylin and Councillor Brian Duval

Mayor Shelley Hart said the funding, provided through the province’s Community Places program, will help build the multiuse outdoor gathering place that will be located beside the municipal office.

"The East St. Paul Centennial Plaza is our legacy project marking our centennial," Mayor Hart said. 

"The Plaza will create a public space adjacent to our municipal office for community events and daily gatherings.  We thank the Province of Manitoba for the Community Places Program grant in support of this project and extend our appreciation to MLA Ron R. Schuler and Indigenous and Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke."

Community Places provides grants to projects spearheaded by non-profit and community-led organizations to help build, upgrade or acquire facilities that promote culture, recreation and wellness.

"I am pleased to confirm funding to East St. Paul Centennial Plaza for this multiuse outdoor gathering place,” MLA Ron Schuler said.

"This project will enrich the lives of local residents by providing new opportunities for community-based recreation activities.”

The East St. Paul Centennial Plaza was announced at an open house in February as a legacy project celebrating the municipality’s centennial year.  Fundraising, including a donor wall located in the municipal office, is underway, and further grants from the federal government are being pursued. Construction of the plaza, which may include elements such as a stage, picnic area, programming space and an interpretation and RM history space, is expected to start in 2017.

An open house to allow for further community input will be announced once all funding opportunities are finalized. 


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