A board member with the International Peace Garden says all options are being looked at for supporting the tourist spot south of Boissevain.
Arthur-Virden MLA Doyle Piwniuk is a provincial appointee to the board and he’s excited about the future and opportunities at the IPG. Right now board members are planning for the future and trying to secure funds to help with projects at the Peace Garden.
“We recently held a retreat and you know we have a lot of good plans for the Peace Garden in terms of updating it and there is a lot of deferred maintenance that we have to look at and we want to bring back the old hay day of the International Peace Garden and that is what we are working towards.”
Piwniuk says they aren’t only looking to upgrade facilities but expand services at the IPG. “We are looking at getting the right kind of marketing person to promote the Peace Garden better and that’s what we are working on right now.”
The board is hoping to have governments on both sides of the border come to the table with funding to help make future plans a reality. North Dakota is talking about $5 million dollars in support if matching dollars can be found north of the border.
With money possibly coming from the U-S side Doyl Piwniuk says Manitoba politicians are considering their options.
“It all depends on when we need that money. If we look down the road and North Dakota comes in first then maybe in a couple of years we can come in with support after that so we aren’t trying to do everything at one time. We want to make sure we are getting the best use of our money and not rushing to do things” said Piwniuk.