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Sou'wester River Heights-Fort Garry Ward Report for July 2016

July 19, 2016

Summer always seems to fly by, with so much to do and see. While many families like to pack up and get out of the city, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy the season just outside your front door.

For starters, take the kids to cool off in one of the many wading pools or spray pads around the ward.

The following are great options for meeting up with friends as an alternative to hitting the beach: 
• Cordova Park (372 Cordova St.): Open Monday to Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from July 1 to Sept. 5;
• Crescentwood CC (1170 Corydon Ave.): Open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from July 4 to Aug. 26; 
• Harrow Park (1000 Fleet Ave.): Open Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from July 2 to Aug. 26; 
• Lindenwoods Spray Pad (414 Lindenwoods Dr. W): Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.;
• Montrose Park (631 Montrose St.): Open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from July 4 to Aug. 26; 
• River Heights Spray Pad (1370 Grosvenor Ave.): Open Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from May 28 to Sept. 5; 
• Sir John Franklin CC (1 Sir John Franklin Rd.): Open Thursday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from July 7 to Aug. 26; 
• T.R. Hodgeson Park (303 Lockwood St.): Open Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from July 5 to Aug. 26; 
• William Osler Park (787 Brock St.): Open Monday to Wednesday, 11 a.m.  5 p.m. from July 4 to Aug. 24.

For some free fun, check out the Kid’s Festival of Arts right outside of the museum at The Forks from Aug. 16 to 19. The 13th annual event will be four packed days of outdoor crafts and activities — including a collaborative art project by the Graffiti Gallery. Visit everyday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to get in on the excitement.

As well, the whole family can browse handmade crafts and beautiful flowers while picking up some fresh fruits and vegetables for the weekend at the River Heights Farmers’ Market. Open every Friday from 12 to 5 p.m. at the River Heights Community Centre (1370 Grosvenor Ave.) you’ll find local vendors and products from around the province, right in your own backyard.

Summer family fun is all around our neighbourhood — take advantage of everything River Heights-Fort Garry and Winnipeg has to offer this season.

This column originally appeared in the Sou'wester on July, 20. It can be found online here: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/souwester/forum/Dont-let-summer-pass-you-by-387302131.html

Read more by John Orlikow - River Heights-Fort Garry City Councillor Ward Report.