Funding for New Outdoor Track on Dakota CC Campus announced

City Councillors Brian Mayes and Janice Lukes recently announced an $850,000 grant from City of Winnipeg for the construction of an outdoor running track at Dakota Community Centre/ College Jeanne Sauve, to be constructed in 2020.  

The funding is approved as part of the Five-Year Capital Plan for the City of Winnipeg, alongside the 2017 Capital Budget.  This budget plan includes a grant to the Dakota Community Centre in years 2019 and 2020 to construct an outdoor running track to the east of DCC’s Fieldhouse, using the property belonging to College Jeanne Sauve, potentially where their current outdoor track exits.  

This proposed outdoor track project is not related to the current Fieldhouse expansion project at the Dakota Community Centre and, for which the Centre recently launched the Dakota Futures Capital Campaign, with an initial gift of $1 million from local hockey hero Jonathan Toews.   

“While the Fieldhouse expansion project and the supporting Dakota Futures Capital Campaign are our immediate priorities, we view each enhancement to our campus as a benefit to our community”, said Michele Augert, Dakota’s CEO. We look forward to working closely with the school, the library and all of our campus partners towards this new project at an appropriate time in the near future.”

The funding of $850,000 would be payable in two stages, $300,000 in 2019 and $550,000 in 2020.  The proposed outdoor track is expected to be a 4 to 6 lane, rubberized, 200 or 400 metre track.  Once built, this track will be only the second rubberized outdoor track in the city, in addition to the one currently at University of Manitoba. The exact configuration and location of the track is not yet finalized, as the Louis Riel School Division has identified expansion of College Jeanne Sauve as a top priority.  Work on College Jean Sauve’s expansion will need to take place first before the siting of the track can be determined.  

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