April 18, 2012, Councillor Orlikow today asked the Executive Policy Committee to rescind the $7 million in public funding from the Water Park proposal and allocate those dollars equally between Wards to enhance recreational opportunities.The rational for the requesting the grant be re-allocated are twofold. 1) Priorities - public funds need to be spent on existing infrastructure. While this money will not completely address the City’s infrastructure deficit, it will improve local community centres. - Is providing $7 million for access to a Water Park considered a core service when the City is looking at getting out of the arena, pool and golf business? - Public Safety is another priority of the City which is better addressed through local programming and a better use of those public dollars. 2) Value The value of the access agreement related to the water park is less than the value of $466,000 provided to recreational programming to each Ward.
images/userfiles/MOTION.pdf - recommendation presented.
images/userfiles/Water Park SPC Downtownf.pdf - EPC motion.
News articles -
Water-park vote makes waves - http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/water-park-vote-makes-waves-148478655.html
Everything's voming up water park - http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/04/18/water-park-vote
Waterpark proposal makes it past EPC - http://www.cjob.com/News/Local/Story.aspx?ID=1688797
EPC approves $7-M grant for water park - http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/EPC-approves-7-M-grant-for-water-park-147932695.html
Water park a ‘cockamamie scheme’: Mayes - http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/04/18/water-park-side