The Forks is honoured to be a finalist in two Spirit of Winnipeg Award categories.
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Spirit Awards honour local organizations making a difference here the community. The winners will be announced June 16, 2023.
The Nestaweya River Trail presented by The Winnipeg Foundation has been nominated in the Design and Building category, and The Forks Target Zero initiative has been nominated in the Environment and Energy category.
Nestaweya River Trail presented by The Winnipeg Foundation
Design and Building category finalist
The Nestaweya River Trail is one of Winnipeg’s winter treasures. Spanning an average of 6km on the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, the Nestaweya River Trail provides a free and unique perspective of Winnipeg, an active transportation trail, a venue for public art and events, and opportunity to embrace winter.
Getting back on the frozen river is such a special moment in the year. We love adding more fun public spaces to The Forks and welcoming visitors to the groomed skating, walking, biking and cross-country ski trails.
The Nestaweya River Trail presented by The Winnipeg Foundation connects communities as it extends from Armstrong Point through Osborne Village and West Broadway, Downtown, and South Osborne areas. The Trail is a low cost and low barrier way to enjoy winter in Winnipeg and is available to everyone, regardless of age or ability.
Environment and Energy category finalist
Our Target Zero initiative guides our operations, and we take every step we can to implement innovative and responsible environmental practices that are good for the planet and the bottom line. We call this “where the two greens meet.” Our Target Zero initiative leads to over $253,000 savings / year, and since its inception in 2008 we have decreased our greenhouse gas emissions by over one kilotonne per year.
Here are several of the key implementations:
- Geothermal heat pump system
- Water use
- Public orchard and bees
- Active transportation routes/paths