Discover 2024’s Winnipeg Central Park: An Urban Retreat to Charm Your Senses

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Central Park Winnipeg


Central Park had a population density 16221.9 inhabitants per square kilometer in 2016, and 3,775 residents. Central Park is a lower-income neighbourhood, with a median household income of $25,574, compared to the city's median household income of $68,331.

Central Park's residents include 17.9% from Aboriginal Identity, 17.6% from Aboriginal Ancestry and 66.2% who belong to other visible minority groups. Blacks are 28.2% and Filipinos 22.5 percent respectively. 31.9% of Central Park's inhabitants are not Canadian-born as of 2016. That figure is much higher than that of the City of Winnipeg (11.7%). Central Park has a lower percentage of recently immigrant residents (24.9%) than that in Winnipeg (7.5%).

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Central Park, one of Winnipeg's four first parks was originally known as "ornamented squares" and "breathing areas". In 1893, the Hudson's Bay Company purchased the land from the city for $20,000

The park's land was swampy in the summer with a substantial amount of unusable terrain. It was the result of thousands of tonnes and tons of soil, and subsequent settling that created lush lawns, and gardens.

A bandstand and two tennis courts were added to the park in 1905, and an iron fence and drinking fountain were added in 1909. Waddell Fountain was also added to the park by its owner in 1914. Playground equipment was added in 1936 and restrooms in 1959.

In 1985, the city closed off a section of Qu'Appelle Street, expanding the park to Ellice Avenue. The original master plan had been intended to connect Central Park with the Manitoba Legislature grounds, but it was scrapped by the Portage Place mall and North Portage in 1985-1987.

With this addition, the park has grown to 4.8 acres.

The park was renovated between 2008 and 2012, with designs by the architecture firm Scatliff+Miller+Murray.

This project was awarded the Premier's Award for Design Excellence Award of Merit for Landscape Architecture in 2015.


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Waddell Fountain

Central Park's Waddell Fountain is an example of Manitoba's High Victorian Gothic Style. It is built on Sir Walter Scott's 1844 Gothic Revival Edinburgh Scott Monument. The fountain is dedicated to Emily Margaret Waddell who passed away in 1908.

The will she left was written in 1904 and only later discovered to be valid in 1911. Emily Waddell's will stated that, in the event of her husband marrying again, 10 000 dollars should be used to fund a fountain in Central park. Winnipeg. Thomas Waddell, who did remarry, raised the money in 1914 and chose the design by local architect John Manuel.

Manuel designed other structures for the University of Manitoba. He would move to Alberta in 1927 in order to supervise construction of Canadian Pacific Railway hotels at Banff, Lake Louise, and Banff. The fountain, which was constructed of whitestone on a granite foundation with concrete basement, cost $9,722.19.

The fountain was officially declared historic in 1988. By 1992, it was falling badly into disrepair.

In 2010, the fountain was removed and reconstructed offsite to allow for repairs.


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A new booklet showcases the past and present of one city's first green spaces

Darren Bernhardt * CBC News * The Waddell Fountain is a prominent feature of Central Park. (Peel’s Prairie Provinces/University of Alberta). This park is one of Winnipeg's oldest, dating back to an era when public spaces were called "breathing centers" or ornamental squares.

The video shows the Central Park's history, which is a 125 year-old greenspace that used to be a haven from the hustle and bustle of city life.

This section highlights the architectural elements of the park such as the 1914 Waddell fountain and its unique background story. It also documents the changes in the neighbourhood around it.

This booklet includes old photographs of the park and neighbourhood just north of downtown, as well as some images that show the architectural remains.

"There's just this wealth of information, and quite a wonderful collection of different buildings and landscapes that we wanted to highlight," said Marieke Gruwel, an architectural researcher at the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation.

"It's also important and worth highlighting"

In 1903 and 2019 the Benard House was seen at Edmonton Street and Cumberland Avenue. (City of Winnipeg/Winnipeg Architecture Foundation). When the Public Parks Board was formed in 1893, Central Park was born.


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Project Details

Winnipeg, MB Canada Location: Municipal Park Year of installation: 2010 Features:

Aquatic play pad

Wading pool

Water Treatment Systems: Retain & Reuse

It was the only park in Winnipeg that had been left undiscovered. Central Park was no longer a landmark, but a high-risk, neglected area. Central Park has seen a major transformation. It is now a fun and safe place that families and children can enjoy for many years. Central Park, after being rehabilitated for four years using five million dollars donated by the community was eventually completed. ft.

With the city's desire for an aesthetically-pleasing spray park that could be operated independently from the oasis-style wading pool, the Central Park aquatic facility came with its own unique set of challenges. The spray park was able to operate independently as a drain-away and draw water from the recirculated water. This allowed for the city's health concerns to be addressed by the separate water treatment systems. Additional considerations that surpassed local requirements included a UV system, pressure relief valves to control flow and a custom wall mounted manifold.

Another challenge unique to this project is now considered one of the most beautiful features: the glass structure that houses the washrooms, lockers and mechanical room. To reduce crime and still fit in with the aesthetics of the area, the building was designed to be transparent. The spatial considerations of the building were somewhat restrictive and resulted in a custom-built manifold and water treatment system. Inside, the washrooms were built with environmentally-sensitive low-flow toilets and motion detecting sinks.


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After being shot in the area of Kennedy Street and Qu'Appelle Avenue on Thursday morning, a 48 year-old man died.

While police officers were guarding the scene where a 48-year-old man was shot early Thursday, a 47-year-old man who had been stabbed came to them asking for help. (Meaghan Ketcheson/CBC) Winnipeg police are investigating a homicide and a separate stabbing, both of which happened in the Central Park neighbourhood early Thursday morning.

Soon after midnight, officers responded to a call from Qu'Appelle Avenue and Kennedy Street. A man had been killed.

He was quickly taken to the hospital where he died later. Marlon José Chamorro Gonzalez (48) has been identified.

A man was stabbed and came to police officers as they were protecting the crime scene.

Police claim that the 47 year-old suspect was not linked to the homicide. The man was admitted to hospital in an unstable condition. However, he was eventually upgraded to stable. According to police, he was unable to provide information regarding the suspect or the incident at the moment.

Anybody with information regarding the death shooting may call the homicide department at 204-986-65508. For information on the stabbing, call the major crime unit at 204-986-6219.

Crime Stoppers can receive anonymous tips. More information from CBC Manitoba


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While Central Park has been in existence for more than 100 years, (it is one of Winnipeg's earliest parks), the park has experienced many changes. In 2008, the city authorized a $5.6 million revitalization. Central Park, as you see it today, was completed in 2012 and was designed by the landscape architecture firm Scatliff+Miller+Murray.

It features a four season slide/toboggan park, which is located right beside the DIY Field. There is an interactive sand and water play area and an open area of artificial turf that can be used as a place to play sports. In the summer, you often see folks playing soccer and in the winter the space is turned into a skating rink for ice sports.

Near the Waddell Font, there is a water park with a wave pool. It has been a hit among local residents. It was Winnipeg's first and largest water park when it was built. For the ever-growing inner-city population, this area has a wide range of recreation and entertainment options. Accessible for people with disabilities, the playground is also wheelchair-friendly. The play pad is wheelchair accessible. Water cannons are installed on the top to provide water for those who need it. Cooling water is sprayed from a garden full of large-than-life, vibrant daisies on hot days.

Central Park was reopened as an urban park in 2012. Its success can be directly attributed to landscape architects who consulted with the community asking for their ideas on what they would like from their park. Residents have celebrated Central Park as it did exactly what was expected of them when they revitalized the park: created a space where people can come together.


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Key Findings

Central Park crime rates are 128% higher than the national average

Central Park has 155% more violent crime than the average national.

You have 1 in 10 chances of being a victim of crime in Central Park

Winnipeg's crime rate has increased 10% year over year

Lower crime

Higher crime

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