Phase 2 of Gimli’s Viking Park is being developed over the next two years with a pledge of $300,000 from the Rural Municipality of Gimli council.
This pledge will complement the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba (IFM) funding already in place through the New Building Canada – Small Communities Fund (SCF). Following consultation with stakeholders in the area, the grant that is awarded in a two-to-one ratio funds priority public infrastructure projects in communities with less than 100,000 residents across Canada.
To develop safe and working public pathways, a visioning committee was formed consisting of the IFM, its Viking Park campaign cabinet, the RM of Gimli, the Betel Home Foundation, the Betel Heritage Foundation, the Gimli Harbour Authority, the Gimli Yacht Club and other community organizations within proximity of the park.
The landscape architects who developed Viking Park, HTFC Planning & Design, led the visioning process to incorporate and integrate the needs of an active historical pathway. Directed by the requirements of the grant, the area is to extend from Viking Park to 1st Avenue at Centre Street and provide a continuous pathway. These areas were identified as a priority.
The next phase of development will focus on completing the breakwater pathway to 1st Avenue at Centre Street with sidewalk improvements. The project will also move east toward the bandstand area continuing on Centre Street.
The Viking Park was completed in 2017 and was privately funded. Fundraising efforts continue with the focus on developing the pathway and public area surrounding the Viking Park. A conceptual plan will be presented to the community in July or August 2019 at an open house prior to project work. Milestone markers and donations can be made in honour of loved ones.
For more information, please contact Kristine Sigurdson at 204-642-7417 or the Icelandic Festival office at 107-94 First Avenue, Gimli, Man., R0C 1B1.