École LaVérendrye celebrates sod turning for long-awaited gym
It's been a nearly 20-year wait but staff and students at Winnipeg's École LaVérendrye are finally getting their new gymnasium.
Preparation work at the site has been going on since classes at the school ended in June. A playground structure and swing set were removed, a hill was levelled and pilings were pounded into the ground.
Now construction on the new 9,268-square-foot facility begins in earnest with a completion date set for summer 2016.
Staff at the 106-year-old school on Lilac Street, in the Fort Rouge neighbourhood, have been promised a new gym for nearly two decades.
The existing one is so small that concerts are held in shifts and parents line the walls because there is not enough room for chairs. The ceiling is also too low to mount regular basketball nets, so students use the portable stand-alone type made for driveways.