Mar 15, 2021

Bourkevale working on reopening plan

Bourkevale hosted several minor league hockey teams this season
Bourkevale Community Centre is still closed due to the pandemic, but the club is ready – and eager – to reopen as soon as public health orders allow.

Like most public facilities, Bourkevale will likely reopen gradually, beginning with some limited programming and, if all goes well in the coming months, a return to regular operations.

Although the club’s indoor facilities have been closed since the first pandemic lockdown in the spring of 2020, there has been a lot of activity at the club.

Bourkevale’s volunteer board members continue to hold monthly meetings, which have been virtual since the fall. The club’s finances remain in excellent shape. While the centre has lost some programming and hall rental revenues over the past year, those have been partially offset by reduced expenditures, such as lower cleaning, canteen and utility costs. Bourkevale continues to receive its regular operating grants from the City of Winnipeg. The board also applied for and received $15,000 in grants from the Manitoba government’s Bridge Grant program.

Bourkevale is operated entirely by volunteers and has no employees. As a result, there were no layoffs.

The club’s buildings and grounds are inspected daily by our volunteer board members to ensure the facility is secure and heating and plumbing remain in good working order. Regular inspections by city and fire officials continue as normal.

Outdoors, the club had one of its busiest winter seasons in recent memory. Our volunteer crew was ready as soon as the province allowed outdoor ice rinks to open. To comply with public health orders, the board had outdoor signs printed to inform skaters of their responsibility to follow social distancing rules. The regulations were also posted on our website and our outdoor electronic sign.

With indoor arenas closed for the season and some outdoor rinks unable to open, Bourkevale’s rinks were well used. The club provided scheduled ice time for several minor hockey teams to practice and play exhibition games, at no cost. The highlight was the U18 Female Winter Classic on Feb. 28, a match between the Winnipeg Avros and the St. Mary’s Academy Flames.  

Bourkevale’s executive also worked closely over the winter with the construction company contracted to do sewer upgrades on Ferry Road and Assiniboine Avenue to ensure the public had easy access to Bourkevale Park during the winter. The club worked with the company to construct a redirect path to accommodate walkers and cyclists.

When public orders allow, Bourkevale will be ready to open its doors again for programming such as yoga, pattern dancing and concert band, as well as hall rentals. The board has formed a sub-committee to develop a reopening plan that will incorporate new safety measures that comply with public heath orders. Our primary goal will be the safety of everyone who uses the club.

The date and format of our annual general meeting will be announced soon.

Bourkevale looks forward to unveiling its reopening plans. The board will inform the community in advance when indoor programming resumes and when renters can start booking events again in the hall. As always, please email us at bourkevale@gmail.com for comments, concerns, or ideas. The board always welcomes community input. Until then, stay safe and enjoy the outdoors.