The Central Park neighbourhood is in the heart of downtown with its foundations as a neighbourhood dating back to very beginnings of Winnipeg as a city. As the name indicates the foundation of the neighbourhood is the park that sits as an anchor in the middle of the neighbourhood. The community’s borders are Notre Dame to the north, Balmoral to the west, and Ellice to the south in a triangular shape.
The 2006 census indicated that the current population of Central Park is 3,555, which is a 10.9% increase over 2002 census. Central Park is experiencing a re-birth with population numbers increasing, new housing being built and a 5.6 million dollar renovation was completed in 2010. The park is home to a new splash pad, soccer pitch, restored Waddell Fountain and many other upgrades and improvements. The park has been resorted to its former glory as the park in the early 1900’s was home to many of cities best facilities.
CNDC works in the community to help all residents and stakeholders. In the last year CNDC has funded many programs in the Central Park neighbourhood, including a cooking program for the Women’s Resource Centre, computer classes at Helping Hands Resource Centre, and a special skating event in the park with our partners the Winnipeg Police Services and West End Biz called Skates and Badges. CNDC continues to work with local schools and has provided funding for literacy and recreation programs at Sister MacNamara School and Wi Wabigooni.
The area is a multicultural mix with the community having about 20 percent Aboriginal and Métis population, 20 percent Black Canadians, primarily of African descent, 20 percent being of Asian decent which includes Filipinos, South East Asians and Chinese Canadians. The remainder is a mix of Middle Eastern, West Asian and Caucasian backgrounds.
CNDC’s goal is to engage and continue to meet community needs working with the Central Park Neighbourhood Association (CPNA). The diversity is what makes the Central Park neighbourhood strong. Working together with the community will lead to greater inclusion and a sense of belonging and ownership in a community, which is mainly composed of transient populations.