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Henteleff Park Spring Newsletter

Annual Spring Tree Planting
Saturday June 17 — 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

We’re bringing the community together to celebrate Canada’s 150 and will mark the occasion by planting 150 trees and shrubs throughout Henteleff Park,1964 St. Mary’s Road.

Bring your shovels, gloves, smiles, friends and family for a morning of fun and community fellowship.

Thanks to our generous friends at Gunn’s Bakery, refreshments and snacks will be served and in support of the Henteleff Park Foundation, umbrellas and t-shirts will be for sale. (Perfect Father’s Day gift!)

We hope you can join us for this remarkable public initiative and contribution.

 

International Trails Day
Saturday June 10

The Winnipeg Trails Association Celebrates 150 Years and will make a stop at Henteleff Park as part of their day-long event.

The day begins at Crampton’s Market and will make its way along the trail and arrive at Henteleff Park at around noon where there will be information sessions, guest speakers, a kid-friendly bike obstacle course and a BBQ.

For more information, visit the Winnipeg Trails Association website.

OTHER NEWS

Interested in being a part of the Foundation?
Henteleff Park Foundation is looking for new board members!

If you would like to help out, or you would like more information, please contact Saul Henteleff at Saul Henteleff at lanark@mymts.net

Gift Giving Made Easy!
Henteleff Park Foundation have t-shirts and umbrellas for sale for just $20 each. Contact info@henteleffpark.org to order yours today!

Hey Bus Riders!
Thanks to the Winnipeg Transit Authority, we now have a bus stop located at the entrance to our park at 1964 St. Mary’s Road as well as across the street for the return ride.  Marked “Henteleff Park”, transit riders can easily make Henteleff Park part of their travels. See you soon!

Guided Tours
If any group wishes to book a guided tour of the Interpretive Centre and Park, please emai Yude Henteleff at y.henteleff@gmail.com to arrange a convenient time.

No Animal Snacks
Please don’t leave food for the animals in the park. It’s really NOT in their best interest and can cause them great harm. Thanks!

Hello Bluebirds
Through an initiative of Nature Manitoba with the assistance of the City of Winnipeg Parks and HPF, nest boxes have been erected at the Park to hopefully attract bluebirds. Please keep your distance.

Henteleff Park Newsletter, Fall 2016

Interpretive Centre Opens

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the end of August, over 150 people gathered at Henteleff Park for the official opening of the new Interpretive Centre.

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Located at the park’s entrance at 1964 St. Mary’s Road and near the original homestead of the Henteleff family, the Interpretive Centre features a Shelter Building that displays panels of information that leads to a new circular pathway with additional information panels, all-weather notebooks, new bench seating and landscaping.

“We were overwhelmed by the support we received and the turnout at our event,” said Yude Henteleff, President Emeritus, Henteleff Park Foundation. “It was an honour to share our family story and the contributions of other Jewish farm families in the province as well as pay tribute to the Metis families who played a large role in the settling and developing of the land.”

“This park means so much to so many and we thank all the volunteers, board members, donors and supporters who have worked hard to make the Interpretive Centre a reality and who continue to assist us to ensure the park remains a place of beauty and tranquility for all to share.”

Opening Blessing, Clarence & Barbara Nepinak

Opening Blessing, Clarence & Barbara Nepinak

Saul Henteleff, President, Henteleff Park Foundation

Saul Henteleff, President, Henteleff Park Foundation

 Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament, Winnipeg South

Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament, Winnipeg South

The Honourable Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sport, Culture & Heritage, MLA Riel

The Honourable Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sport, Culture & Heritage, MLA Riel

Councillor Janice Lukes, City of Winnipeg; Councillor, South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward

Councillor Janice Lukes, City of Winnipeg; Councillor, South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward

Abby Morris, Board Member, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg

Abby Morris, Board Member, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg

Yude Henteleff, President Emeritus, Henteleff Park Foundation

Yude Henteleff, President Emeritus, Henteleff Park Foundation

Construction of the Interpretive Centre - Photo courtesy of Joachim Zimmermann

Construction of the Interpretive Centre – Photo courtesy of Joachim Zimmermann

Friends and Neighbours Share Their Stories

“Saw the article on the CBC website on the grand opening of the park. Just wanted to drop you a note thanking your team for this beautiful gift to the area. We walk the paths daily, even in winter, and feel so privileged that we have this life giving and life-centering oasis so close by. It contributes greatly to the physical and mental health of all who use it. Thanks for all your hard work through the years in making this park a reality for us and future generations.”
Lionel and Jane Martens

“On January 6, 2016 my husband Andy passed away from a massive heart attack. One of his many favourite places was Henteleff Park. He discovered it many years ago while out for his morning walk and he always felt he had stumbled upon an unknown treasure not many knew about. When he would take me out for dinner he would bring me there for a walk together and he would share it with me. He was an avid outdoorsman.”
Anna Mittelstadt

With her consent, we acknowledge a very special gift by Anna Mittelstadt to the Henteleff Park Foundation.

In his memory and his love for the park, Anna has donated sufficient funds to pay for a bench, its installation and a memorial plaque. It is now installed on the pathway leading from the shelter building.

Our heartfelt thanks to Anna for this most moving gift.

Yude Henteleff and Anna Mittelstadt

Yude Henteleff and Anna Mittelstadt

Transcona Friends and Neighbours

The Transcona Friends and Neighbours enjoyed a lovely walk in the park with Yude in September. Photo courtesy of Carol Kirkhope

The Transcona Friends and Neighbours enjoyed a lovely walk in the park with Yude in September. Photo courtesy of Carol Kirkhope

New homes for our little friends

See if you can spot the 10 new bird nest boxes scattered throughout the park. This spring will be flurry of activity when our little friends come to nest. Thanks to Guent Salzmann and the Manitoba Bluebird Fund (MBF) for making it all possible and we look forward to our continued association with MBF. A special thanks is also extended to Karl Thordorson and his City of Winnipeg crew for the coordination and execution of the installation project.

Attention Tree Huggers!

Manitoba Maple, Nannyberry, Bur Oak, Plains Cottonwood and Trembling Aspen are just a few of the native trees indigenous to Henteleff Park. Thanks to Arborist Michael Allen, a beautiful colourful listing with accompanying descriptions of the 11 trees found in our park are now listed on our website here:
http://henteleffpark.org/native-trees-indigenous-to-henteleff-park/

Strengthen our community’s roots
Support the Henteleff Park Foundation

The development of Henteleff Park is possible only with the support of our many partners, funders and friends.

As part of our Stewardship Program, the Henteleff Park Foundation, along with the City of Winnipeg, has established a long-term development plan for the future of the park that includes vegetation management, wildlife observations, community gardens demonstration project, programming and special events, management in conjunction with the Friends of Henteleff Park and other opportunities for regular community involvement.

Please consider making a donation today that will help ensure that future generations can continue to appreciate the significance of the land that forms the roots of our community.

Please make cheques payable to The Henteleff Park Foundation
748 Borebank St. Winnipeg, MB R3N 1G4 (204) 488-9004
Henteleff Park Foundation is a CRA registered charity

The Bus Stops Here

With much thanks to the Winnipeg Transit Authority, we will soon have a bus stop located at the entrance to our park at 1964 St. Mary’s Road. Marked “Henteleff Park”, transit riders can easily make Henteleff Park part of their travels.

Please Join Us!

Henteleff Park Foundation is looking for new board members!

If you would like to help out, or you would like more information, please contact Saul Henteleff at members@henteleffpark.org

Gift Giving Made Easy!

Henteleff Park Foundation have t-shirts and umbrellas for sale for just $20 each. Contact info@henteleffpark.org to order yours today!

Would you like to receive our newsletter? Please join here!

Henteleff Park Shaw Interview

The crowning jewel is revealed in this contemplative park in South St. Vital. Watch the video below, courtesy of Shaw TV Winnipeg:

Henteleff Park Interpretative Centre Opening

henteleff_parkFor human rights lawyer and environmentalist Yude Henteleff, the official opening and dedication of the Henteleff Park Interpretive Centre on August 27, 2016 exceeded, as he said to me, “our greatest expectations.”

He was speaking of the hard work involved by members of the board of the Henteleff Park Foundation and all the volunteers who had helped make the day such a success.

Over 150 people, including official representatives from the three levels of government, First Nations and Metis People, and others, attended the event on a pleasant, breezy afternoon … Continue Reading

From the Jewish Post & News
By Martin Zeilig

Infinite Shades of Green – Reprinted From The Lance

Yude Henteleff prepares to pick a crab apple from a tree planted by his grandfather 75 years ago at the site of his family’s former homestead that is now Henteleff Park. Image by Simon Fuller

Yude Henteleff prepares to pick a crab apple from a tree planted by his grandfather 75 years ago at the site of his family’s former homestead that is now Henteleff Park. Image by Simon Fuller

It’s not every day that someone eats an apple off a tree planted by their grandfather 75 years ago on the family homestead.

The much-anticipated Interpretive Centre in Henteleff Park will mark its official opening with a public ceremony on Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited.

For years, Yude Henteleff and the Henteleff Park Foundation have been working hard to create the centre, which is located near the park’s roadway entrance at 1964 St. Mary’s Rd. near the Henteleff family’s original homestead. The park is located along the banks of the Red River and Normand Creek in south St. Vital.

“When you’re in the park, you notice sometimes that you just see infinite shades of green,” Henteleff said.

According to Henteleff, the park is a place where natural beauty and rich historical traditions thrive in perfect harmony, as it preserves the rural character of a landscape that was significant to Manitoba’s early Métis culture, Winnipeg’s market garden industry and the Henteleff family.

The new centre will include a shelter building that will display panels of information that will lead to a new circular pathway with additional information panels, all-weather notebooks, new bench seating and landscaping.

“Historically, we’ve included elements that future generations should become aware of, understand and appreciate what the pioneers accomplished,” Henteleff, 89, said, noting the riparian forest in the area has unique characteristics pertaining to flora, fauna and birds.

“Also, of great importance is the history of the First Nations people, particularly the Métis people, as their roots here are very powerful, strong and important,” he added.

“We must also acknowledge all the back-breaking labour by the pioneers that came here from every part of Europe and elsewhere from places like Ukraine, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was literally the United Nations. As well, the history of Jewish farmers in Manitoba has never been fully explained and the extent of their arrival in Manitoba was just enormous, especially in the Interlake. This is important because the general population doesn’t necessarily think of Jewish people as workers of the land, but coming to Canada and having the opportunity to own land was the most extraordinary happening for them.”

Henteleff’s roots St. Vital run significantly deep, as his grandfather and father homesteaded in what is now Henteleff Park in 1920-21 and became one of the larger market gardeners in this part of the city.

In 1924, the Henteleff family bought 40 acres of riverfront land and launched a thriving market garden operation in St. Vital. Nathan and Rose Henteleff and their family was among the first Jewish market gardeners in Western Canada. The family initially sold its produce from a roadside stand on St. Mary’s Road and later at the farmers’ market on Main Street and in small grocery stores in the city. Nathan and Rose lived and worked on the land until their retirement in 1967. The land was expropriated by the City in 2002 and designated as a public park in the family’s name.

He attended St. Germain School (now the site of a Shell station at 2146 St. Mary’s Rd.), which had all six grades in one classroom and most of the students were Métis: “Typically, for a country school, there was a wood stove, a water pump and an outdoor toilet. At the time, St. Vital was a separate municipality, so we lived very much a country life and cut ice on the Red River to store for the summer. The river was important for irrigation of crops and also a constant source of fun.”

Henteleff’s family emigrated from Chernigov in northern Ukraine in the early 1900s as they feared for their lives in their native land.

“Jews were just being murdered at the will of the larger population and my grandfather, Abraham Henteleff, decided if we didn’t leave, we would all be slaughtered, so the whole family emigrated to Canada to take up farming,” he said.

The Henteleff Park Foundation was formed in 2002 as a charitable organization and it consists of a dedicated city-wide network of volunteers who have worked tirelessly at the park. In the last 10 years, volunteers have planted more than 5,000 trees and shrubs, established trails measuring more than three kilometres, and raised funds to rehabilitate Normand Creek so it is now a successful spawning creek.

The foundation has been raising funds for the centre, in some shape or form, since it was established, which includes donations from private citizens stretching the length and breadth of the nation. Henteleff also acknowledges the assistance of the City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, the Winnipeg Foundation and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, as well as the numerous volunteers along the way that have helped make the dream a reality.

“This a unique example of what volunteers can do working with different levels of government,” Henteleff said, noting there is a maintenance fund so “this part of the park will be looked after forever.”

In terms of the centre viewed as his own personal legacy, Henteleff said he has mixed feelings.

“I’m filled with two emotions. On one level, I’m very sad that my parents will not be here to bask in something that was important to them — their love of the land. Coming from a country that killed people just because they are Jewish to a place where there is justice and equality for all made so much difference to our lives and our destiny. But at the end of the day, it brings me great joy to see this finally happening,” he said.

“On another level, it’s wonderful that my four children and four great-grandchildren have been involved in the process. My son, Saul, is the president of the foundation’s board of directors and it’s wonderful to see succeeding generations taking over and carrying on. We want to make sure this will be here and available far into the future for people to learn about the past experiences of the pioneers. With every great achievement, there is always so much pleasure, but also a little sadness.”

simon.fuller@canstarnews.com

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Original Article: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/lance/Infinite-shades-of-green-390235062.html

Henteleff Park Newsletter, Spring 2016

Annual Spring Tree Planting

39435331_mlSaturday, June 11th, 2016
10:00 AM – Noon
Henteleff Park, 1964 St. Mary’s Rd

Our annual tree planning event will be held the second weekend of June. Bring your shovels, gloves, smiles, friends and family and help plant some trees and shrubs! Refreshments and snacks served.

While there, you can also see the progress of our new Interpretive Centre, currently under construction. See you all there!

 

 

 

Bird Hike Walk

8AM, Saturday, June 11th

Join Gordon and Jaye Grieff of Nature Manitoba as they look for birds in the varied habitats throughout Henteleff Park. These experts will tell you about the identifying birds by what you see as well as what you hear!

Meet at the parking lot (1964 St. Mary’s Road) at 8 am.

Stay to join us for our spring tree planning event afterwards!

Nature Walk

7PM, Monday, July 11th

Don’t know an aster from a fleabane? What the heck is a Jerusalem artichoke, anyway? Here’s your chance to learn more about the native plants in Henteleff Park!

Join Marilyn Latta of Nature Manitoba for a leisurely evening stroll through the park. Although primarily a plant walk, we will look at birds, butterflies and anything else that runs, crawls or flies by!

Meet at the parking lot (1964 St. Mary’s Rd.) at 7 pm.

What We Are Up To …

The Henteleff Park Board of Directors has been very busy over the past year working through many of its responsibilities. The top of the list has been the planning and development of the Henteleff Park Interpretive Site.

This year will be the culmination of many years of work in which the Henteleff Park Board has, with the architectural firm HTFC Planning and Design, put together an architecturally designed project that will recognize and celebrate the beauty, history and geography of Henteleff Park.

Included in the Interpretive Site will be information about the Metis people of Red River, Jewish farmers of Manitoba, the geography along the Red River and the resplendent beauty of our river bottom forests.

The Board of Henteleff Park is very excited about the opening of the Henteleff Park Interpretive Centre and we invite the entire community to join us in this wonderful and important event on Saturday August 27th at 1:00PM.

Best wishes,

Saul Henteleff, Chair
Henteleff Park Foundation

Mark Your Calendars! Saturday, August 27th, 1:00 PM

Please plan on joining the Henteleff Park Foundation on Saturday, August 27 at 1:00 pm at the official opening ceremony and dedication of the new Henteleff Park Interpretive Centre.

Located at the park’s entrance and near the original homestead of the Henteleff family, the Interpretive Centre will feature a Shelter Building that will display panels of information that will lead to a new circular pathway with additional information panels, all-weather notebooks, new bench seating and landscaping.

The Interpretive Centre will be a beautiful place to relax, explore and appreciate the significance of the land that forms the roots of our community.

Learn more about the unique natural landscape, plant and bird life that inhabit the park; the major role that Métis families played in settling and developing the community; the history of market gardening in the area and the Henteleff family and the contributions of other Jewish farm families in Manitoba who contributed to the development of the community.

We have been so fortunate to have a network of dedicated volunteers who have worked tirelessly for years to make the Henteleff Park dream and the Interpretive Centre a reality.

Join us as we celebrate our future and recognize those who have made it all possible.

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Ground breaking event, April 30, 2016 – Friends and members of Henteleff Park Foundation

Download the Spring 2016 Newsletter (PDF)

Henteleff Park Newsletter, Late 2015

Read the full newsletter – Late 2015 (PDF) – Our top story …

Interpretive Center Area Update …

All is in place to start construction of the Interpretive Center Area (ICA) in the spring of 2016. The expected completion date is July 2016. The ICA will be located at the front of the Park between the parking lot and St. Mary’s Rd.

The design of the ICA by our Architect, and complemented by our graphic design and content consultants, beautifully enables the rich history of the Park to be explored. Upon completion, this project will tie in well with the overall objective of the Park, being a place of both serenity and learning. The content to be shared will be on 4 panels located on the Shelter Building walls, and on 5 panels and 2 all-weather note books located on four sites placed on a circular pathway leading from the site towards St. Mary’s Rd and circling back to the Shelter Building.

Getting to this point has required enormous effort by the volunteers comprising the Henteleff Park Foundation. More effort will be required to bring it to completion and to maintain it. Your help as a volunteer is critical to our being able to do so.

HPF Foundation is a registered charity and all donations to this project are most welcomed and will be recognized. Be part of this extraordinary project!

Continue reading the full newsletter – Late 2015 (PDF)

Donate to the Henteleff Park Foundation

The Henteleff Park Foundation, a CRA registered charity, requests your support for meeting the operating costs of the Interpretive Content Area, being constructed by it, on its site located at the front of the City of Winnipeg Park, 1964 St. Mary’s Rd. Construction commencing Spring 2016.

Your donation will help ensure that the important historical roots being explored at the Area will be available to the public.

Make cheque payable to:

Henteleff Park Foundation
748 Borebank St.
Winnipeg MB, R3N 1G4

Charitable deductible receipt provided for any amount over $20.

To see more about the park, please click here.

This notice was first published in The Lance, week of November 23rd.

Henteleff Park Summer 2015 Update

Recent park visitors will have noticed that the City has completed the first of its two annual mowings in the park. Mowing is one way to help combat the proliferation of Canada thistle and other invasive species. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of plants and flowers left for wildlife to make use of.

Our Green Team, comprised of Megan Ferley and Avery Sharpe, has also been mowing using a regular lawn mower and a whipper – a daunting job in a 40 acre park! They are focusing on keeping some of the more recent tree planting areas mowed as well as the area around the park entrance and the prairie restoration. They have also been removing old burdock plants, working of the trails, and planting small trees and shrubs that we have been growing in the nursery in the park for the last two years. Please take a moment to stop and say hello to them the next time you are in the park and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.

As we only have two staff this year, and there is always more work than they can do, we are looking for volunteers to help maintain the prairie restoration and the wildflower gardens. If you are interested in helping, please contact Marilyn at mjlatta@mymts.net or 204-253-9245. She will be coordinating a work party one morning a week from 8-10 am for people willing to help out in this area. People can come whenever they want during that time. Part of the activities will include a walk through the prairie to see what is blooming that day and some relevant plant trivia. This is a great opportunity to help keep the prairie healthy as well as learn more about native plants. We hope to see you out there!

Join Us For Our AGM, June 30, 2015

Hello to all the valued supporters of Henteleff Park!

The 2014-15 Henteleff Park Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 30th at 7:00 PM

in the open area at the Waterfront Condos 1960 St Mary’s Road. Please join us to celebrate a very exciting year at Henteleff Park and to hear about the terrific plans for the year to come. Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

For more information please contact Saul Henteleff at 204-770-2793

Yours Sincerely,
The Henteleff Park Board of Directors