Revitalizing our downtown


Transforming the heart of our city

The Winnipeg Foundation’s vision is ‘A Winnipeg where community life flourishes for all.’ We believe a flourishing community includes a vibrant downtown. Our official 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 we’ve supported during the past 10 or so years.

For each project, click on on a dot to see a picture and find the descriptions are under the map. The colour indicates when the grants were approved.


Prior to 2014–2017 Strategic Plan (orange)


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. Photo courtesy of Gordon Bell High School.


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.


City of Winnipeg, Old Market Square

$500,000. This project included landscaping, lighting and improved seating, plus the construction of the Cube Stage.


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. Photo courtesy of Red River College.


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.


Canadian Museum for Human Rights

$6 million. The Winnipeg Foundation made the largest grant in its history to support construction of this national treasure.


During 2014–2017 Strategic Plan (blue)


Manitoba Museum, Alloway Hall

$500,000. The exhibition space was expanded to accommodate larger traveling exhibits and is available for rentals. Photo courtesy of Manitoba Museum.


Winnipeg Arts Council

$50,000. A public art project commemorating the 1919 general strike at Pantages Theatre Plaza will soon be constructed. Artist rendering of Bloody Saturday by Bernie Miller and Noam Gonick.


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.


Winnipeg Art Gallery, Inuit Art Centre

$950,000. The forthcoming centre will showcase the world’s largest collection of Inuit art.


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.


The Forks Foundation, South Point at The Forks

$500,000. The project will renovate lands running through South Point Park at The Forks. It will improve the walkway, create permanent interpretative signs recognizing the Indigenous history of the area, and more. It is part of the 2.5 km pedestrian loop connecting The Forks, Esplanade Riel and the Saint Boniface Belvedere. Photo courtesy of Scatliff + Miller + Murray.


City of Winnipeg, Saint Boniface Belvedere

$1 million. The project will renovate the public space along Taché Avenue between Provencher Boulevard and Despins Street, creating an elevated lookout above the riverbank that incorporates public art.

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