July 13, 2018
Future location of the new River Heights Library, renamed Bill & Helen Norrie Library
Released: 9:15 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Today, the City officially revealed the location of the future River Heights Library, renamed the Bill & Helen Norrie Library. The new library will be situated northwest of the Pan Am Pool, near the intersection of Poseidon Bay and Cambridge Street, within the Grant Park Campus area. This is a high-visibility, easily-accessible location for the library that provides street access and available parking for library visitors.
“It’s a pleasure to rename the future River Heights library in honour of Bill and Helen Norrie in recognition of their commitment to libraries and to our city,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The new Bill & Helen Norrie Library will be an accessible, modern place for people to meet, learn, grow, and build community for many years to come.”
“Libraries offer significant benefits to our communities,” said Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, Chair, Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services, and Parks. “The Bill & Helen Norrie Library will encourage learning, provide leadership, and rejuvenate the neighbourhood.”
“The new Bill & Helen Norrie Library builds on the momentum of record investments we are seeing in our neighbourhood,” said Councillor John Orlikow, River Heights-Fort Garry Ward. “This accessible new library will offer a valuable literacy service that reflects the needs of residents today and tomorrow with an expanded book collection, technology centers, an outdoor reading garden and community programming space for the whole community to enjoy. I look forward to using the facility and know it will be an exciting addition to the Grant Park campus and our neighbourhood.”
“I am pleased to have a library mentioning Bill’s name,” said Helen Norrie. “He was a strong supporter of libraries and of all facilities that helped members of the community.”
On June 21, 2017, City Council voted to rename the River Heights Library the Bill & Helen Norrie Library. Bill Norrie was Winnipeg’s Mayor from 1979 -1992. His wife, Helen Norrie, worked as a teacher/librarian in public schools in Winnipeg and was the Honourary Campaign Chair for the Cornish and St. John’s Centennial Renewal Campaign.
The new Bill & Helen Norrie Library will replace the existing River Heights Library, 1520 Corydon Ave. The new library will be 14,000 sq. ft. and will feature accessible program rooms and multi-use space for community groups, an outdoor reading garden, accessible parking, and proximity to public transportation. Construction of the new library is expected to start in 2019.
Funding for this renovation was provided by the City of Winnipeg through capital budgets as part of Winnipeg Public Library’s Library Redevelopment Strategy.
For more information on Winnipeg Public Library, including hours, locations, and online services, please visit winnipeg.ca/library.
City of Winnipeg invites residents to come in and cool off during forecasted high heat
Released: 11:15 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg invites residents to come in and cool off in civic facilities during regular operating hours, as high temperatures are forecasted over the next few days.
City facilities that are normally open on weekdays and weekends are available to act as ‘cooling areas’ where the public may come in for relief from the heat and have access to drinking water.
City pools and spray pads are also great ways to cool down.
Other City facilities that can offer relief from the heat include:
All leisure centre locations and hours are available by contacting 311 or visiting City of Winnipeg – Leisure Centres.
All library locations and hours are available by contacting 311 or visiting City of Winnipeg – Library Locations and Hours.
Pools and Spray Pads
The City offers a variety of indoor and outdoor swimming options, as well as spray pads and wading pools. For information on weekday/weekend hours of operation of spray pads, wading pools and indoor/outdoor swimming pools please contact 311 or visit:
Safety Tips for Hot Weather
When using additional cooling appliances such as portable air conditioners, residents are reminded not to overload electrical circuits as this can create a fire risk. Use dedicated circuits, and plug the unit directly into a receptacle without the use of extension cords.
Residents are also reminded to never leave people or pets unattended in parked vehicles even for a few minutes, as temperatures can rise quickly and create a dangerous environment.
Be sure to check on seniors and other vulnerable people, particularly those who may be isolated from friends and family, as well as young children and pets who may be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses during extreme temperatures. Please ensure pets have adequate access to water and cooler areas, including shaded or indoor areas.
For updates on severe weather and weather alerts, please visit Environment Canada.
For more heat and sun safety tips, visit City of Winnipeg – Heat and Sun Safety.
Graham Avenue between Main Street and Fort Street will be used for Transit service only starting on Monday, July 16
Released: 12:05 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Starting this Monday, July 16 the section of Graham Avenue between Main Street and Fort Street will be used for Transit Service only and will be completely closed to all other motor vehicles until July 2020.
Closure of the westbound direction of travel is required for the 300/330 Main Street new tower construction project. The two north-side lanes will serve as delivery area for all trucks bringing materials to the site during construction.
The two south-side lanes will be used for Transit service only while the two north-side lanes are closed. Buses travelling west will use the south-side median lane, while buses travelling east will use the south-side curb lane.
Pedestrian access will be maintained on the south sidewalk. Motorists are encouraged to use alternative routes.
For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311.
For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg – Regional Lane Closures.
Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates.
Published at Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:05:00 -0400