Norwood Pool's future an issue in St. Boniface, but otherwise 'not too much action' in ward, voter says
Some St. Boniface residents say they're not particularly excited about Winnipeg's Oct. 24 civic election
Heading into the 2018 civic election, Winnipeg's St. Boniface ward faces its own challenges, from bike thefts to a proposed community pool closing — but less than a month away from the Oct. 24 election, some residents said have little interest in their candidates' campaigns.
Jay Dion, 18, is preparing to vote for the first time in a civic election. Dion is a lifelong resident of St. Boniface and a political science major at the University of Manitoba, yet he isn't excited to vote on Oct. 24.
"It's a civic election. If it were a federal election that would be big for me — I would get really excited about that, but obviously, it's a civic election," said Dion.
Despite his lack of enthusiasm, he said there was one question he wanted candidates Matt Allard (who won the St. Boniface seat in 2014) and Marcel Boille to answer — what's going to happen to the outdoor Norwood Pool?
In May, city administrators recommended closing the nearly 60-year-old community pool, rather than proceeding with renovations estimated to cost $4 million to $6 million.
In July a Facebook page, Save the Norwood Pool, was created to advocate for the facility's continued operation and the question of its future has become an issue in the neighbourhood, where "I Love Norwood Pool" signs have popped up.
Camren Friesen, 29, moved into the Norwood neighbourhood in May. Since moving, Friesen said he has already seen the signs and heard a lot about the fight to save the pool.
"I've heard [Norwood Pool] is a staple in the neighbourhood — they always have the free pool accessible," said Friesen. "I'm just curious if that's still going to happen or change or not."
On Sept. 11, the city's community services and parks committee passed the matter on to city administrators for consultation with the community and ward councillor. A report is due back in January 2019 with options for redevelopment of the pool.
While the pool's future is a concern for many, another St. Boniface ward resident says he has no complaints about this neighbourhood.
"I'm completely happy in Windsor Park. There's nothing to complain about here," said 27-year-old Matthew Trudel, who has lived in St. Boniface ward for the past 17 years.
"The crime rate here is not too bad. I had a bike stolen once, but other than that, I like this neighbourhood. It's quiet — not too much action."
More CBC Manitoba election ward profiles:
- Daniel McIntyre
- Elmwood-East Kildonan
- Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry
- North Kildonan
- Old Kildonan
- Point Douglas
- River Heights-Fort Garry
- St. James
- St. Norbert-Seine River
- St. Vital
- Waverley West
Journalism students from Red River College's creative communications program have prepared profiles of each city of Winnipeg ward ahead of the 2018 civic election for CBC Manitoba. Read all of our election 2018 coverage here.