Winnipeg councillor creates proposal to upgrade city tracks as physical distancing continues

A Winnipeg city councillor has taken some time during the novel coronavirus pandemic to investigate the city’s running and walking tracks, and he says he’s hopeful that work can be done to refurbish some of them — especially since many Winnipeggers are looking for ways to exercise outdoors in the summery weather.

“I’ve always been a runner, and we built a new (track) in my ward last year, and it’s fantastic — my ward is well-served now,” St. Vital Coun. Brian Mayes told 680 CJOB.

“When the pandemic started, I started reading these articles and opinion pieces saying we need more cycling infrastructure and more paths… and I thought, if this about more places to walk, we shouldn’t forget about these walk-run tracks we have throughout the city.”

Mayes said he left his ward and started exploring tracks throughout Winnipeg — including some he’d never been to — and produced a report on their status.

His recommendation is that eight of the 21 tracks he visited be upgraded at a cost of just over $3 million — but only if funds from other levels of government become available for projects like this.

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“In 2010, federal money was used to help out the Maples track and to help out the Elmwood track, so it’s not crazy that we could use some money from other levels of government,” he said.

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