Sod Turning Marks the beginning of New Jumpstart Community Rink at Dakota Community Centre

For Immediate Release

New Fully-Accessible Outdoor Rink will be the first of its kind in Manitoba

July 30, 2018; Winnipeg MB - Representatives from Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, all levels of government, Board and Cabinet members, as well as several donors and community members, were on hand today to help turn the sod to mark the start of construction on the new fully-accessible outdoor Jumpstart Community Rink at Dakota Community Centre.

The new $680,000 addition to the Dakota CC campus, which will open early this winter, is nestled in the forest directly behind the new Fieldhouse. The existing link between the Jonathan Toews Sportsplex and the Dakota Fieldhouse, is also being modified for skate/sledge traffic and provide space for warming and access to the new rink.

The first of its kind in Manitoba, the new outdoor rink is designed to incorporate special features such as Plexiglas inserts within the player and penalty boxes for visibility for those using a sledge, as well as specific height considerations for gates and entry ways for ease of access on and off the ice. Special structural design considerations have also been incorporated to ensure stability of the enhanced features and customized board systems in this full sized (85’ x 200’) facility.

“We are thrilled to see the Jumpstart Community Rink start to come to life”, said Scott Fraser, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. “Through Jumpstart’s “Play Finds A Way” movement, the much anticipated addition to the Dakota Community Centre will help make play accessible for kids of all abilities in the local community,”

In addition to the $250,000 grant from Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, this project and the Dakota Futures Campaign has received support from all levels of government, including a recently announced $50,000 Community Places Grant from the Province of Manitoba and $50,000 through the City of Winnipeg Community Incentive Grant program. An additional $270,000 has been raised through Phase 1 of the Dakota Futures Campaign from the Centre’s Ice sport programs (Hockey & Ringette), as well as from private donors and the Federal government. An additional $12,000 was raised earlier this month through the Centre’s first-ever community golf tournament.

“I’m thrilled that Manitoba’s first-ever fully-accessible outdoor rink will be located right here in the Riel constituency. Our government is very proud to support this great initiative,” said Rochelle Squires, MLA for Riel.

“Dakota Community Centre has become a source of unending pride our community and with the construction of the rink underway, we’re delighted to continue to support the great things happening there.” said Janice Lukes, City Councillor South Winnipeg – St. Norbert. “With such a beautiful and protected setting, we can’t wait to try it out this winter!”

“The addition of the new, multi-season ice rink at the Dakota Community Centre will increase the availability of accessible recreational facilities for the communities of south Winnipeg,” said Terry Duguid, MP for Winnipeg South. “I am proud that the Government of Canada has been able to support Phase 1 of the Dakota Futures Campaign. I look forward to seeing the outdoor rink being used for team practices,  games and recreation by all Winnipeggers.”

The new rink will be a multi-use; multi-season facility that will incorporate a special sand base which will provide four regulation sized beach volley-ball courts for use in warmer weather.

“We are very excited that construction is underway and that a new fully accessible outdoor rink will soon join the wide-array of sport and recreation activities available to our community,” said Mark Antunes, Board Chair or Dakota Community Center. “We remain extremely grateful to all our funding partners and donors who continue to support the great things happening at our community centre.” Graham Construction was awarded the Design-Build contract after a competitive bid process earlier this spring. Construction on the new rink and link access will be complete later this fall.

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