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Winnipeg Foundation offers $5 million for faster archive, bridge construction

The bridge connecting Osborne Village to downtown Winnipeg in a design.
The bridge connecting Osborne Village to downtown Winnipeg in a design. Winnipeg Foundation

The Winnipeg Foundation has announced a major funding offer to the city, in hopes of speeding up two city infrastructure projects.

The Foundation offered Winnipeg up to $5 million, to go towards creating a bridge for pedestrians and bikers between downtown and Osborne Village.

“A new pedestrian and cycling bridge connecting downtown and Osborne Village will provide a direct, safe and convenient connection for walking and biking that plugs into the City’s growing active transportation network,” said Rick Frost, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation.

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It would also go towards renovating the William Street library to create a community archive.

“A Community Archives could teach the social and Indigenous history of our city, including those parts of the story not adequately captured in archival documents,” Frost said.

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The foundation hopes to speed up these two projects in hopes of seeing them done in time to mark the foundation’s centennial in 2021.