WINNIPEG, May 4, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment in the 100th anniversary of the founding of Transcona, a small community founded in 1912 that amalgamated with Winnipeg in 1972, will help boost the city's economy and create jobs and growth. Support for the Transcona Centennial Square was announced today by Lawrence Toet, Member of Parliament (Elmwood-Transcona), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Funding to the Transcona Playground Renewal Association will help transform an empty lot into the Transcona Centennial Square. The support provided will enable the construction of an amphitheatre and clock tower that will host a variety of events throughout the year. The Square will provide the residents of Winnipeg with rich community and cultural experiences, and will also preserve the city's historical heritage.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in significant events that help us commemorate our history," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these anniversaries, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage."
"We are pleased to invest in these kinds of commemorative events, which bring together Canadians and enrich life in our communities," said Mr. Toet. "Congratulations to the Transcona Playground Renewal Association for this wonderful project that will see a vacant lot turned into an animated community square and vibrant meeting place for residents of Winnipeg."
"The Transcona Playground Renewal Association would like to express our sincere appreciation for the significant funding from the Government of Canada for the development and construction of the Transcona Centennial Square," said Peter Martin, President and Chair of the Transcona Playground Renewal Association. "This centennial project is a legacy to the 100-year history of Transcona and its pioneers, as well as a venue for entertainment and cultural activities throughout the year. This support demonstrates how firmly the government believes in supporting the development of family-oriented, community-based, multi-use facilities that will help bind communities together. The Transcona families of today and the future will be the benefactors from your support for this undertaking."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $479,788 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
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