The Winnipeg YM-YWCAs have big plans for the city’s future, and are hoping city hall will come up with the cash to help fund them.
The groups pitched a new idea at Winnipeg City Hall on Thursday, where councillors are in talks to prepare the 2014 budget.
The idea would see three new recreational centres built in the city with a range of features not currently available in Winnipeg.
“It would have an aquatic facility, which is unlike anything we’ve done to date in the city, so a lot larger,” said Kent Paterson, the president of the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg Management Team. “Multiple tanks, waterslides, other amenities – perhaps a paddling pool, leisure pool, lazy river – those sorts of things.”
YMCA officials estimate the three facilities would cost a total of $140 million, but they need about $2 million to begin laying the groundwork for the project.
“[The money would] allow us to move forward with the engagement of architects, the preparation of design with the preparation of budget documents,” said Paterson. “That helps to make sure the money will ultimately be well spent.”