Along with students, River East Collegiate principal Sandy Dzuba (second from left), councillor Markus Chambers, councillor Brian Mayes, councillor Jeff Browaty, and trustee Peter Kotyk, wearing a River East Kodiaks jersey.
The battered asphalt running track behind River East Collegiate will be transformed into a modern, rubberized 400-metre running track thanks to $850,000 in funding from three Winnipeg city councillors. The track is located on the property of River East Transcona School Division (RETSD). The councillors will grant the funds to RETSD, which will oversee the track renewal project.
River East Collegiate is in the ward of city councillor Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan), who led the city initiative with $305,000 in funding.
"As a graduate of River East Collegiate myself, I'm delighted to bring this track back to life for this community," said Browaty. "When councillor Mayes and I checked out all the Winnipeg tracks in 2020, I noticed the sad state of River East 's track."
Councillor Markus Chambers (St. Norbert—Seine River) is providing $250,000 for the project.
"As a former track athlete for River East myself it will be great to give today's students the chance to train at a modern facility. The city recently funded a rubberized track in the south end, so it makes sense to invest in this track in the city's northeast," said Chambers.
Councillor Brian Mayes (St. Vital) is also providing $295,000 in funding.
"We're both pleased and excited to hear today's announcement of a new track at River East Collegiate in RETSD," said board chair Jerry Sodomlak. "The board of trustees thanks the city and councillors for their support on this major project that simply wouldn't be possible for us to fund as a school division. Not only will this new track be safer, but it will also allow students and community members to use and enjoy it for many years to come."