A proposal for building a water park at The Forks, where the rivers meet in downtown Winnipeg has been given the initial green light. More than a few eyebrows have been raised at the idea of squeezing a 50,000 square foot building into the already crowded Forks. While the developers Canalta Development and Waterfun are world-renowned builders of water parks, lots of questions need to be answered.
It is not clear why Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz and his executive policy committee are promoting the water park, without a business plan or financial plan.
Shindico Reality management, agent for Canalta Development and Waterfun, is also business partners with Sam Katz in the Goldeyes, the baseball club across the street from the proposed water park. More green space, next to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights would have far more aesthetic and human value.
Mayor Katz is a member of Winnipeg Councilís standing committee on downtown development, heritage and riverbank management. The same committee is choosing to green light a water park development including $7 Million of public money. When will we hear about an environmental impact statement? A pattern of development without planning continues in Winnipeg. Remember Olywest? The condo development that would have bulldozed the Lower Fort Garry site?
Winnipeggers want to retain and grow green space at The Forks.
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