February 29, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ONE LAST CHANCE TO OWN A PIECE OF MILLENNIUM LIBRARY PARK: DONATE AND LEAVE A LEGACY!
Downtown Winnipeg — Local philanthropist Gail Asper, President of the Asper Foundation, urges the downtown community to support the redevelopment of Millennium Library Park, scheduled to open spring/summer of 2012.
With February being ‘I Love to Read’ month, there has never been a better time to support literacy initiatives like this. The Downtown BIZ invites the downtown community to help furnish the park and create vibrant gathering spaces for families, youth, students and kids. With the purchase of a piece of site furniture for the park, donors will receive a personalized engraved plaque that will last a life-time. Bistro tables, lounge chairs and recycling bins are among the many items available for purchase.
“Imagine a lively community park filled with people learning, playing, hanging out, and sharing each others’ experiences,” said Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the BIZ. “We can make this park one of downtown Winnipeg’s most cherished gems but need the community to come together to donate and to leave their own personal stamp and legacy.”
With recent financial support from Gail Asper and Creswin Properties Inc., fundraising efforts are well underway. “Thanks to wonderful organizations like the Downtown BIZ, Winnipeg’s downtown is on a strong path towards revitalization,” said Gail. “I hope all downtown businesses will join the campaign to make Millennium Library Park a beautiful and unique outdoor oasis.”
About Millennium Library Park
The Millennium Library Park redevelopment is focused on community, literacy, safety and environmental stewardship. In 2012, this renovated green roof will act as a community hub, an urban oasis and a learning commons, re-emerging as a vibrant destination for residents and visitors seeking great outdoor experiences in downtown Winnipeg. The park will include a multi-season plaza, an urban wetland, a prairie wildflower garden and two major public art installations among its many features.
The Millennium Library Park is made possible through collaboration and partnership between the City of Winnipeg, Provincial and Federal Governments, Winnipeg Library Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, the Downtown BIZ and various community donors. Opportunities are still available for corporate or individual sponsorship of major park features.
For more information or to donate online, visit: www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com/home/programs/image/millennium_park/ or phone us at (204) 958-4640.
For more information, please contact:
Jason Syvixay, Public Relations Coordinator
Tel: (204) 958-4635; Cell: 997-3040