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Key Building Features and Community Benefits


  • Total complex is 189,000 square feet, on Spence Street between Ellice and Portage
  • Complex construction and renovation is $40 million
  • Duckworth Centre renovations begin Spring 2014 for completion in Fall 2014
  • RecPlex construction completion for Fall 2014- ribbon cutting June 17, 2014
  • The University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation is spearheading development of the project


  • New three story structure with approximately 179,000 square feet
  • A large multi-use artificial turf field that can be converted to three cross court fields
  • Will also accommodate soccer, football, ultimate, baseball and other field sports
  • A regulation four-lane 60 meter rubberized sprint track
  • Two multi-events rooms, including a soundproofed room for drumming and pow wow groups
  • A studio for activities such as fitness classes and dance
  • Multi-media lounge space for students and visitors
  • Food and beverage kiosks
  • New underground parkade that can accommodate 190 vehicles
  • energy efficient with targeted Silver LEED construction


  • Creates recreation and wellness destination for the inner city with unique Community Charter guaranteeing access for community youth
  • Augments UWinnipeg's developing multidisciplinary healthy campus initiative
  • Enhances student sports programs, including upgraded facilities for Wesmen athletes and increased intramural sport programming for UWinnipeg students and staff
  • Increases UWinnipeg's Inner City Wesmen sports program allowing hundreds of area youth to play basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, wrestling and other sports at no cost (program supported by private donations to UWinnipeg's new Sport for All Fund)
  • Creates new research, teaching and student practicum and employment opportunities for all faculties and specifically in UWinnipeg's new Faculty of Kinesiology
  • Offers new home for UWinnipeg's popular Eco-Kids Summer Camp which attracts hundreds of inner city children annually (free - supported by private donations)
  • Offers Collegiate and Model School students new facilities and enhanced recreation programming (UWinnipeg's high school on campus)
  • Adds much needed state-of-the-art soccer facility available for rent to numerous Winnipeg sports groups