Community Futures Parkland contributed $11,600 to the Parkland’s growing tourism industry via their 2012 Tourism Grants.
Russell’s Main Street Revitalization committee received a tourism grant for $1600. The group has been working on streetscaping and town theming since 2006, they have redeveloped sidewalks, added decorative lighting, new planters and park benches with a goal of creating a charming, pedestrian friendly downtown. This spring the committee plans to complete electrical components that will light the street arches at four intersections and install two more decorative street lamp posts on Main Street. The construction of the 8 new park benches that will be added to this effort will be done by the students at Major Pratt School.
Photo: Karen Walker–Tibble (CF Parkland Board member) presentied cheque to Lorraine Brown (Main Street Revitalization group)
Dauphin Rail Museum was awarded $1000 to be put towards creating a brochure that will be distributed throughout the region at other museums, tourist information points, etc. The museum attracts 700 visitors annually and displays a wide range of historic artifacts with an image gallery. The station restoration was completed in 2001 and is now designated as a Manitoba Heritage Building, they are opened in the afternoons during the summer months, be sure to stop in!
Photo: Derm English (Dauphin Rail Museum), Alison Norman-Bourgoin (CF Parkland Board member), Lloyd Yerama , Robert Gilmore , Jack Shmon (Dauphin Rail Museum), and Jim Macmillan (CF Parkland Chairperson)
Trembowla Cross of Freedom is a historical site and museum located in the RM of Dauphin, will be celebrating their 100 year anniversary on Sunday, August 5th, 2012. A volunteer committee started in 1976 preserve and maintain the site, that are enjoyed by school groups, tourists and anyone who has an interest in history. We presented the group with their award at a bread braiding class they organized for the public and got to see first hand how hard this group works for this site and the wonderful events they plan!
Photo: Darryl Hrominchuk (CF Parkland Business Development Coordinator) presenting cheque to Luba Safronetz (President) and Kay Slobodzian (Secretary and Grants)
The Ste. Amelie Ridge Riders are going to be pushing forward on their south trail expansion that expands their groomed trails to McCreary and Laurier giving the loop that connects Ste. Rose, Ste. Amelie, Laurier and McCreary. The $1000 contribution from Community Futures Parkland will be put towards the signage required. With the trail expansion will come an increase in the amount of memberships which helps fund the club.
The Winnipegosis Historical Society is focusing on the repairs that the Medd House Museum requires to maintain the integrity and the safety for visitors and staff. The Museum opened in 2011 and is a valuable new asset for Winnipegosis and the Parkland area, last year they were able to attract 600 visitors and want to be able to continue to do so. Community Futures Parkland is contributing $3500 to this house that has served as the first “hospital”, as operations were preformed on his dining room table until 1927!!!
Photo: Faye Adam (Vice President), Pauline Riley (President) and Barret Procyshyn (CF Parkland Board Member)
Duck Mountain Forest Center is pleased to receive $2000 to help construct a look out tower along Beaver Island Trail near Swan River area. This tower will be located near a critter dipping station as part of the Project Webfoot established by Ducks Unlimited. This is an annual program that is offered to grade 4 classes over a 3 day period. The tower will allow the visitors to be able to take in the significance of the wetlands/watersheds in the boreal forest and make the hiking experience that much more enjoyable.
The Bug Chucker Cup took place June 1 & 2, in Roblin, MB. This is an annual fly fishing tournament where entrants compete on lakes in the Roblin and Duck Mountain Provincial Park Area. The event is starting to attract people from across the country and they are hoping to broaden that to internationally as the years progress. Community Futures Parkland was pleased to be able to contribute $1500 towards this Parkland event.
Congratulations to all recipients of the 2012 Community Futures Parkland Tourism Grants! Please watch our call for applications in January of 2013.
Community Development Coordinator
Community Futures Parkland