September 14, 2015
Community Spaces

NIPAWIN (Sept. 10, 2015) — Break out the boots and shovels. Co-op is building Nipawin’s community spaces with $90,000 in funding — and possibly more with your help — for its new town square.

Co-op Community Spaces Program, launched this past spring, is donating $1 million this year to fund projects related to recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture across Western Canada. The Nipawin Business Improvement District’s town square project is one of 16 being funded in 2015.

“Co-op continues to make life better by investing in our local economy and giving back with programs such as Co-op Community Spaces,” said Greg Schoonbaert, Pineland Co-op General Manager. “Pineland Co-op has a history of being very supportive of community events in the area. We look forward to seeing the completed project, which will be a great place to come together as a community.”

The program provides between $25,000 and $100,000 in funding for eligible projects. Applications were received between April 1 and May 15 and reviewed for various criteria, including environmental impacts, community need and accessibility.

“This grant is invaluable to the progress our Town Square Project,” said Norm Ruddock, Chairperson for the Nipawin Business Improvement District.

The Nipawin Business Improvement District plans to beautify a former gas station site in downtown Nipawin. The new space could host farmers’ markets, live concerts, yoga classes and other downtown events while connecting to bike and walking trails.

The Spaces race is on

Four projects have been selected as finalists and are vying for an additional $25,000 in funding. An online vote Sept. 14–25 will determine the winner.

“Help us win a further $25,000 towards the Nipawin Business Improvement Districts project,” Schoonbaert said. “Voting starts September 14. Please vote often.”

Nipawin’s town square project will be competing with a community greenhouse (Nanaimo, B.C.), a community playground (Stony Plain, Alta.) and a community rain garden (Winnipeg, Man.).

To view the Nipawin project story and vote for the Nipawin Business Improvement District to win an additional $25,000 — or to view the list of the 16 community projects receiving funding — visit