The Heart of the Community
As mentioned earlier in the year, the RM of St. Clements is very excited to begin work at the site on Donald Road for the South St. Clements Activity Centre and Park. You will begin to notice the site humming with landscaping and site preparation as we begin Phase 2 as early as Monday, September 14, 2020. There will be machinery on site working from 7:00 am till 7:00 pm for an estimated period of two weeks, weather permitting.
It is important that we provide our residents an update in advance on the construction but also confirm that the traffic on Donald Road will not be affected with this construction.
The work being completed includes the parking lot and landscaping, which will provide a canvas for the other amenities and structures that will be added as we move forward. We are very excited to continue the momentum around this huge project and thank the community for their support and understanding in these upcoming weeks.
We applied for the Gunns Creek Diversion Project with the Province of Manitoba for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region Disaster Prevention and Climate Resiliency Program. On July 23, 2020 the Province of Manitoba announced the approval of 100% funding for $2.7 million towards the Gunns Creek Diversion Project, there is NO municipal contribution required. This project is scheduled to be completed by March 31, 2021, unless extenuating circumstances occur.
The retention pond portion of the drainage project will be located at the future site of the South St Clements Community Building. Council’s exciting vision is to utilize the necessary retention pond to create a safe welcoming space where citizens can gather, meet and participate in activities. The final product will include aesthetic park landscaping and amenities such as trails, benches, and a floating island. Residents will have opportunities here for quiet reflection, unstructured play, walking, bike riding, walking pets, kayaking, canoeing, tobogganing, skating on the pond, and cross country skiing.
The South St. Clements Activity Centre has been a work in progress – with work constantly being done to secure funding and a strong focus on the next step forward. Council is very excited to have a vision for the park portion of the project at the South St. Clements Activity Centre, which will be able to host a variety of activities for the community such as a pathway for walking and jogging, a pond for ice skating in the winter, kayaking and canoeing in the summer and a rest area around the pond for relaxation. Amenities will continue to be added to the park as we move forward, such as a playground, basketball court and picnic shelter.
The following Phase 1 items have been completed to date on the park and activity centre:
- Class 3 drawings have been completed on the activity centre
- Applications for major funding has been made to Manitoba/Canada Infrastructure for construction
- Park plans have been refined and detailed site plans have been completed
- Tender documents have been completed for shaping the park
- Drainage license for the site has been obtained
On Friday, June 12th a Provincial funding announcement of the Building Communities Grant of $75,000 for the South St. Clements Activity Centre was held at the site.
This summer and fall you will see the site on Donald Rd humming with landscaping and site preparation activity for Phase 2. A tender will be released and awarded for shaping the park as per plans and the excavation and site grading will begin. Construction of an approximate 22 car parking lot at the northern end of the site at Donald Road will also begin in Phase 2 this fall with the possibility to increase this area as the project continues.
We are very excited and hope that the community will continue the momentum around this huge project!
Selkirk MLA Alan Lagimodiére confirmed a $250,000 Community Development Initiatives provincial grant with RM of St. Clements Mayor Debbie Fiebelkorn and Council on Monday, February 12, 2018.
The RM of St. Clements and the province finalized this matching grant at the end of January and will be starting work on Phase 1 any day now. The RM will match this amount with reserve funds set aside for this purpose and use municipal resources when possible as an “in-kind” contribution to maximize the grant.
The RM and project consultants will be giving two presentations on the South St. Clements Activity Centre at their Pre-Budget Open House on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm and again at 7:00 pm. Staff, mayor and Council will be on hand to answer any questions.
Mayor Debbie Fielbelkorn says, “The long-awaited new south St. Clements Activity Centre will serve as a hub for the community and promote activity among its residents, as well as attracting visitors to the area. We are grateful to the province for their financial support.”
Phase 1 will consist of site preparation, additional community consultation, conceptual design services and building site preparation.
After a thorough public engagement process and extensive efforts from volunteers and RM Councilors, a gap was identified in South St. Clements recreational activities.
The RM has selected a low-lying agricultural site that has traditionally had drainage problems and will be developing a retention wetland that will not only provide recreational activities such as tobogganing and skating but will help support Gunn’s Creek Drainage improvements.
Building and site plans for the South St. Clements Recreation Centre are now complete. The RM will now be applying for grants from the federal and provincial governments and other sources to secure funding to start construction. Council is also considering borrowing money.
The building and site are planned as a community gathering place for connecting with friends and neighbours. The building features a ‘community living room’, space for a daycare, a catering kitchen, a large space for volleyball, pickleball, fitness classes, social events and more.
The landscape features a pond with a 500 metre walking track around it and native plants to help control waterfowl populations. In winter, the pond can be used for skating and toboganning from the adjacent small hills. An added bonus to the pond is that it will also assist with drainage in the area and remove nutrients from the water before draining into the Red River.
Building Plans and Conceptual Drawings
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Map of future site of the South St.Clements Activity Centre
The South St. Clements Activity Centre is now in the design process. The design is expected to be ready this fall and we will consult residents on it for their feedback.
It’s been more than a decade since the old Donald School recreation facility closed its doors. Members of our community have worked hard to develop a replacement for this gathering spot. Over the past few years, a recreation needs assessment and a facility feasibility study gathered your input on what you would like to see for recreation in South St. Clements.
The project is budgeted for $3 million and to be funded with a combination of grants, fund raising and borrowing.
Municipal owned land on Donald Road has been selected as the best spot to develop a new facility. A committee of Council is reviewing all your past input and expects to have a design for a building and property development this fall.
RM of St. Clements Recreation Manager Dave Harcus, 23 volunteers from south St. Clements and a consultant are working on recreation facility recommendations for the south to present to Council.
South St. Clements Recreation Survey
Thanks to the over 300 people who completed our survey about recreation options in south St. Clements in April of 2016. Twenty-three people from south St. Clements volunteered to be on a committee to make recreations recommendations to council.
The majority of respondents were unsatisfied or very unsatisfied with the current recreation options in the RM. The vast majority (65%) of respondents wanted money invested 50% in outdoor amenities and 50% in a building. Read more in the South St. Clements Survey Report.
South St. Clements Community Recreation Forum
New recreation options for South St. Clements residents have been in the works for many years. Many volunteers, RM Councilors and consultants have thought long and hard about how best to proceed. Now is the time to refresh, regroup and decide how to proceed.
- 1999/2000: South St. Clements Activity Centre (SSCAC) volunteers ran recreation programs at Donald School, surveyed 1200 homes in the community about recreation needs. Details about SSCAC can be found in the South St. Clements Recreation Needs Assessment Report on pages 8-15. Download these pages.
- 2006: Donald School becomes unusable. Residents can no longer use the facility where they run recreation programs.
- 2013: Dillon Consulting completed the South St. Clements Recreation Needs Assessment that proposed seventeen recommendations to meet recreation needs of South St. Clements residents. Download South St. Clements Recreation Needs Assessment Report (10.8 MB)
- 2014: Dillon Consulting undertook a feasibility study for planning the construction of a proposed activity centre. Plans were presented at public open house on September 24, 2014.
Download RM of St. Clements Feasibility Study Part 1 (7.8 MB)
Download RM of St. Clements Feasibility Study Part 2 (7.4 MB)
Download RM of St. Clements Feasibility Study Part 3 (10 MB)
Download RM of St. Clements Feasibility Study Part 4 (3 MB)
About South St. Clements
- South St. Clements has an area of about 29 square kilometres and it is bounded by the Red River to the west, Lockport to the north, East St. Paul to the south and the floodway to the west with a small portion east of the floodway.
- Population in 2011 was 3803. Using the growth rate of the RM, the projected population of the area in 2016 is 5444.
- There are 4 centres of population: the villages of Narol and Gonor, Keaschell Trailer Park, and the area known as Old River Road.