Brandon Riverbank Inc. Response to COVID19
The Riverbank Discovery Centre/Brandon & Region Tourism Centre closed its doors on March 16th due to the Covid-19 pandemic and would later reopen on May 19th with all the recommended/compulsory precautions in place for the safety of our staff and all visitors. Since that time, we’ve instituted a maximum capacity for visitors, floor decals, Covid-19 signage, hand sanitizer stations, glass around our front desk, increased spacing in the building, plus many other protocols. Most importantly, we had our staff professionally trained on proper cleaning procedures and we continue to monitor the situation and will always follow any/all public health advice.
Brandon Riverbank Inc.
Brandon Riverbank Inc. continues to be a meeting place for the community. Our mission statement is to “Recreate, Educate and Celebrate!” When it comes to recreation, we are constantly striving to improve the areas greenspace, infrastructure and the trail systems. We recently celebrated the completion of an off grid solar LED lighting system which used existing light poles that had been dark since the flood of 2011. Through fundraising and grants, Brandon Riverbank Inc. was able to complete this project which will enhance usability and safety for visitors and residents who use the trails after the sun goes down. We appreciate everyone who made this possible.
Now that Festival Park is fully completed we are seeking a corporate partner to sponsor the stage and/or amphitheater seating area. The term and dollar amounts are negotiable and interested parties should contact our General Manager, James Montgomery to schedule a meeting to discuss this rare naming rights opportunity. James can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly at 204-717-8801. Festival Park will continue to be a place where the community can gather to celebrate together!
The next major restoration project will be to the East Wetland Interpretive Pond area. A new floating boardwalk will be built in January & trail improvements will be completed in the spring of 2020 along with other improvements to the flood ravaged wetland. This area is vital to the education component of our mandate as many children, youth and the general public learn about the vital importance of wetlands from this area.
In 2020 fundraising for the Peter Sawatzky Sculpture Garden will kick into high gear with our hopes to be able to get that exciting project started in the near future. With community and corporate support, we are confident in this phase of our Master Plan beginning to take shape soon.
We have a lot more exciting plans on the horizon. To learn more please check out the section on our website titled Master Plan at www.riverbank.mb.ca. There you will find out more about where we’ve been and where we’re headed. You will also learn how you can get involved and contribute to the future restoration and development of the Riverbank area as well as the Assiniboine River Corridor. Thank you to the community for your ongoing support!
Brandon Assiniboine River Corridor Master Plan Video
Watch the “Back to the River” Master Plan come to life in this video that provides 3D imagery helping to imagine the transformations that will be taking place at the Riverbank in the years to come. The video has been generously sponsored by Altus Group, who approached Brandon Riverbank Inc. in the Spring of 2016, offering to become a partner in this exciting community project. Supported by HTFC + Design, and funded in part by the Star Attractions Enhancement Program, this video will be an important tool to assist us with fundraising and community engagement in this re-development project. Many thanks to Altus Group for their enthusiasm, creativity and generosity in helping us get “Back to the River.”