Transforming the heart of our city

Photo: Saint Boniface Belvedere

A flourishing community includes a vibrant downtown. The Foundation’s official Downtown Green Spaces Strategy, launched in 2008, commits support to green space projects in our downtown. Many of our other grants have further enhanced the downtown landscape.

This map illustrates some of projects The Foundation has supported during the past 15 years.

1 | Winnipeg School Division, Gordon Bell High School Athletic Field | $95,000.

A lot that once housed a car dealership was transformed into an athletic field for Gordon Bell High School students and the broader community.

2 | City of Winnipeg, Central Park | $500,000.

Renovations to this historic park included improvements to lighting and landscaping, upgraded facilities for weekly summer markets, a soccer field and splash pad, refurbishment of Waddell Fountain, and more.

3 | City of Winnipeg, Old Market Square | $500,000.

This project included landscaping, lighting and improved seating, plus the construction of the Cube Stage.

4 | Red River College, Paterson GlobalFoods Institute | $500,000.

Union Bank Tower was transformed into the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, which houses the Culinary Arts and Hospitality and Tourism programs and a student residence. The redevelopment also included adjacent Bijou Park, which links Old Market Square to Main Street.

5 | Manitoba Children’s Museum | $1.1 million.

The Children’s Museum got a major facelift which included the welcome centre addition, milk machine, lasagna lookout, mellow marsh, and lots more.

6 | Canadian Museum for Human Rights | $6 million.

The Winnipeg Foundation made the largest grant in its history to support construction of this national treasure.

7 | Manitoba Museum, Alloway Hall & Winnipeg Gallery | $1.5 million.

Alloway Hall exhibition space was expanded to accommodate larger traveling exhibits and is available for rentals. The Winnipeg Gallery features updated, inclusive stories of the city.

8 | Winnipeg Arts Council | $50,000.

A public art project commemorating the 1919 General Strike installed at Pantages Theatre Plaza in time for the strike’s 100th anniversary.

9 | Friends of Upper Fort Garry | $500,000.

The new heritage park at Upper Fort Garry includes a 400-foot interpretive wall built of steel and lights that marks the height, depth and location of the Fort’s original west wall.

10 | Winnipeg Art Gallery, Qaumajuq (Inuit Art Centre) | $950,000.

The centre, opening in early 2021, will showcase the world’s largest collection of Inuit art.

11 | The Forks Foundation, Alloway Arch and Widow’s Mite Fountain | $425,000.

Constructed at The Forks and opened in 2015, the Alloway Arch features shards from the Alloway and Champion Bank, which was owned by Foundation founder William Forbes Alloway. It also features the Widow’s Mite Fountain, which pays homage to the second gift received by The Foundation ¬ three gold coins valued at $15.

12 | The Forks Foundation, Niizhoziibean at The Forks | $500,000.

The project will renovate lands running through what was formerly known as South Point Park at The Forks. It includes walkways and permanent interpretative signs recognizing the Indigenous history of the area. It is part of the 2.5 km pedestrian loop connecting The Forks, Esplanade Riel and the Saint Boniface Belvedere.

13 | City of Winnipeg, Saint Boniface Belvedere | $1 million.

Public space along Taché Avenue between Provencher Boulevard and Despins Street was transformed to create an elevated lookout above the riverbank incorporating public art and downtown vistas.

14 | The Forks Foundation, Installations by Indigenous artists at The Forks | $600,000.

Three installations will recognize the integral role truth and reconciliation plays in our nation’s collective journey forward. Val Vint’s Chi-kishkayhitamihk si te li neu Biizon was installed in 2020, while works by KC Adams and Jaimie Isaac will be complete in 2021.

15 | The Forks Foundation, The Gathering Space at The Forks | $150,000.

Located at Niizhoziibean, this space will provide a quiet place to meet, away from the bustle of The Forks. Expected completion in early 2021.

Map of downtown Winnipeg with 15 markers locating some of the Downtown Green Spaces projects

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