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Federal Government announces $319,000 in funding for East St. Paul Centennial Plaza

Posted: January 16, 2017

Federal Government announces $319,000 in funding
for East St. Paul Centennial Plaza

L to R: Mayor Shelley Hart, Ron Schuler-MLA for St. Paul, MaryAnn Mihychuk, MP for Kildonan-St. Paul,
Councillor Charles Posthumus and Councillor Brian Duval

Plans for East St. Paul's Centennial Plaza will start to take shape now that the Federal Government has announced $319,000 in funding for the project.

MaryAnn Mihychuk, Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, announced the funding in East St. Paul Council Chambers.

"Today, at the beginning of 2017 and the 150th anniversary of Confederation, our Government is pleased to offer our support for a project that will create a lasting legacy for arts and culture here in East St. Paul," Mihychuk said.

The funding is provided through the Legacy Fund of Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, administered by Canadian Heritage.

East St. Paul Mayor Shelley Hart said the Federal Government's "exceptionally gracious grant", will allow the community to move forward with the Centennial Plaza.

"We need something that brings the community together, and invites the community, into this building," Hart said at today's announcement.

"The Centennial Plaza, which will be built here at the site of the Municipal Office, will do that and will be our Legacy Project in celebration of 2016, our Centennial Year."

Ron Schuler, MLA for St. Paul, said East St. Paul is in need of a space where people can gather.

The Province committed $30,000 last summer through its Community Places Program.

"The community of East St. Paul needs this kind of plaza, where people will come and see a concert, and we can invite people out to be together," Schuler said.

"The Government of Manitoba is very proud of the kinds of things that are taking place in East St. Paul."

Besides the Federal and Provincial funding, the Plaza will be funded by the RM and money raised through the Sponsorship Wall.

Mayor Hart said the Centennial Plaza will be a community gathering place, and just what it will look like will be determined in consultation with East St. Paul residents.  Information on public consultations will be announced shortly.


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