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Historic Sites of Manitoba: North Kildonan Municipal Hall / North Kildonan War Memorial / John Dickson Memorial Park (1400 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg)

A one-storey brick building on Henderson Highway in Winnipeg is the former North Kildonan Municipal Office. Built in October 1956 at a cost of some $27,000, it replaced rented office space in downtown Winnipeg. The first council meeting at the new location was held on 25 February 1957. The building was formally opened by Mayor Jack Lawrence Pearce on 16 March 1957, before a crowd of over 200 people. Since the Unicity amalgamation in 1972, the building has hosted such tenants as the Manitoba Department of Community Services and Corrections (circa 1980) and a provincial office for home care (circa 1994). In 2008, the building received a $536,000 upgrade, replacing old windows and adding a wheelchair lift in preparation for the relocation of a City of Winnipeg Police community service station from 1050 Henderson. It operated in this capacity from 2008 to 2014 when the station closed.

In the public park in which the building sits, formerly known as the North Kildonan Municipal Office Park, is the North Kildonan War Memorial. Erected in the fall of 1968, it honours those who died in service of Canada during the First World War, Second World War, and Korean War. It was formally commemorated with a parade on 8 September 1968, attended by members of the Royal Canadian Legion (Prince Edward Branch No. 81), Royal Canadian Legions in the Greater Winnipeg area, Legion Command Central, Salvation Army, HMCS Chippawa, the councils of North Kildonan and East Kildonan, and representatives from their respective fire and police departments.

In April 1969, the park was renamed John Dickson Memorial Park in honour of John Dickson, a North Kildonan mayor who died while in office. A brass plaque, subsequently replaced with an engraved stone stab, was affixed to a memorial base in June 1969. The park was dedicated officially by his widow, Helen Dickson, on 9 November 1969.

North Kildonan War Memorial

The former North Kildonan municipal office (September 2014)
Source: Nathan Kramer

North Kildonan War Memorial

The former North Kildonan municipal office (June 2017)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

North Kildonan War Memorial

North Kildonan War Memorial in the John Dickson Memorial Park (August 2014)
Source: Nathan Kramer

North Kildonan War Memorial

Dickson commemorative monument in the John Dickson Memorial Park (August 2014)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Location (lat/long): N49.94464, W97.08758
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: John Dickson (1908-1961)

Sources:

North Kildonan Council History, 1960-1971, by Jim Smith / MMC Alumni.

“Remembrance service,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 August 1968, page 21.

“Parade recalls 2 wars,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1968, page 3.

[Photo caption], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 November 1969.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2017

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