* Originally published in The Lance on June 12, 2019 *
For hundreds of years, the banks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers have been a meeting place, an area that has seen much of our city’s history unfold.
Later this month, the new St. Boniface Belvédère will be officially opened. This project has been in the works for quite some time. In fact, when I was the city councilor, I had already started accumulating funding for it.
That is why, in March 2017, I was particularly happy to announce $500,000 in funding from the federal government for the Taché Renewal Project, which includes improvements on the Taché Promenade pathway and the Belvédère.
The Belvédère has transformed the river pathway into a beautiful tourist destination. Overlooking the Red River, there are magnificent views of the Esplanade Riel, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and The Forks. The Belvédère is also home to wonderful new artwork by local artist Marcel Gosselin.
In addition to the investment in the Taché renewal project , the federal government also provided $500,000 to The Forks renewal of the former South Pointe, now called Niizhoziibean (meaning two rivers in Ojibway). By further linking The Forks and St. Boniface, Winnipeg’s riverbanks and adjoining historical attractions will be transformed.