It’s no secret that Westman summers are short, putting extra emphasis on the availability of outdoor gathering and recreation spaces with which to make best-possible use of the fair weather season while we have it.
Today it was learned that students and residents in Brandon’s Downtown area are that much closer to having a newly upgraded space available to them with which to do just that thanks to a significant contribution through Co-op’s Community Spaces program toward planned upgrades to outdoor space at New Era school.
Heritage Co-op shared in a media release today that the program has awarded $30,000 toward the project, which includes transforming an asphalt surface into a space that will feature 3-on-3 basketball courts, benches and trees along with the addition of an outdoor classroom area and garden spaces.
When complete, in addition to benefitting students of New Era during the school year, the upgrades will be a welcome addition for residents during off-school hours.
Dan Lange, Lorne Zacharias, Barry Cooper and Ian Gerrard of Heritage Co-op join Phil Vickers, Lois McDonald and Laura Armitage representing New Era School (submitted)
Including Co-op funding as well as an earlier $15,000 from Brandon Area Community Foundation, $1,000 from Fusion Credit Union and ongoing Parent Council Fundraising the project is about 1/3 the way toward its fundraising goal according to a spokesperson for Parent Council. Plans are to begin phase 1 of the project this fall based on funding received to-date.
Since 2015, Co-op has invested nearly $10 million in projects across Western Canada through the Community Spaces Program. Most recently, Brandon’s East End Community Centre was the recipient of $75,000 for outdoor rink upgrades in 2019. That newly updated rink opened this past winter.
Nearby Miniota was also the recipient of 2020 funding from the Co-op program toward a Community Outdoor Classroom and Garden.