WINNIPEG – The Government of Canada is investing $12.4 million towards construction of a green multi-purpose community facility in Winnipeg.
The Buffalo Crossing facility will serve as a gateway to FortWhyte Alive, a 660-acre reclaimed urban green space in the city dedicated to providing programming, natural settings and facilities for environmental education, outdoor recreation and social enterprise, a release stated.
“Buffalo Crossing, our new visitor centre on McGillivray Boulevard, will be the southern gateway to our site, offering expanded capacity for year-round educational programming and events. Buffalo Crossing will not only act as a centrepiece of FortWhyte Alive as we look toward the future, but will be a catalyst for climate resilient architecture throughout our province,” FortWhyte Alive president and CEO Liz Wilson said in the release.
The 18,000-square-foot space is “dedicated to providing programming, natural settings and facilities for environmental education, outdoor recreation and social enterprise,” the release said, and will serve as “a living exhibit of climate resilience while also minimizing its impact on the planet.”
The federal government is contributing to the project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program and the Government of Manitoba is investing $3.3 million. An additional $8.8 million is being raised through corporate support and fundraising.