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A public recreation space and park in the Waverley Heights neighbourhood has received some much-needed improvements. 

Winnipeg city councilor Janice Lukes (South Winnipeg-St. Norbert) and Winnipeg South Member of Parliament Terry Duguid announced Friday the completion of improvements to two tennis courts, walking trails and a soccer field near R.H.G. Bonnycastle School in Thelma J. Call Park. 

"We have a community in Waverley Heights that's going through a rejuvenation in that we have a lot of people getting older and moving out and new families moving in," Lukes said, adding enrollment at the school has spiked in recent years. "This is a fantastic asset that the community and the school can use. Lots of the new families are moving here from countries where it's warm all-year round so they love to play tennis and soccer." 

Upgrades to the soccer field include new top soil added, field grading improvements and a new sod laid. As well, new portable goal posts were installed and the drainage system was updated. 

For the tennis courts the upgrades include new nets, benches, waste receptacles, a Plexi-pave sport court surface and new lines. 

"This tennis court and area was in a really bad state of disrepair and the community and school couldn't use it," Duguid said. "We're very proud of these investments and they remind us that we're a country that is coming of age. These facilities are going to keep our kids active and out of trouble, so they are very welcome here in the neighbourhood." 

The federal government contributed $124,000 to the project, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by the city. 

The city says the remaining $90,685 came out of  the city's Parks and Recreation Enhancement Program Capital Fund. 

The total cost was $338,685. 

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