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Access to Dawe Centre pool and community centre affected by expansion project – Details

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Limited access to G.H. Dawe Community Centre this summer due to construction

Due to construction, access to the G.H. Dawe Community Centre will be limited this summer, with a full closure planned for August.

As announced yesterday, City recreation centres are opening fully to the public as of July 1. With construction underway at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, only limited services and areas will be available.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Starting July 2, fitness and gym areas will open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., daily. In July, summer day camps that normally operate from the Dawe will operate from other facilities.
  • The pool will remain closed until September.
  • To accommodate interior heating and ventilation construction, the facility will fully close from July 26 to August 31. Some registered preschool and summer camp programming may proceed, but no rental or general admission options will be available.
  • On September 1, we anticipate the pool will be open, but some other amenities, like the gym, may not be available. More information will be provided as construction progresses.
  • Playing surfaces in the arena will not be available until construction is complete, which is expected to be early 2023.

We are currently offering a discounted monthly Value Pass for $27 for adults ($24.50 for seniors; $21.90 for students; $19.30 for youth; $14.20 for children, and $60.50 for a family. It provides unlimited access to all facilities. As of August the Value Pass will only provide access to the Recreation Centre and Michener Aquatic Centre; however, access to the Dawe will be included in the Value pass until the pool, gym and fitness areas are open.

About the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project

Work is underway now on the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project and some exciting changes are in store. We expect to welcome visitors to the transformed space in early 2023. Here’s just some of what you can expect:

  • Two NHL standard playing surfaces
  • Expanded fitness areas, including a running track
  • Outdoor spray park with washroom facilities
  • Improved accessibility
  • Additional north entrance + site access from 67 Street
  • Additional parking

During construction, there will be some changes and impacts to existing amenities and programs, and we’ll do you best to share this information in advance. Thanks for your patience as we complete this work.

For more information about the project, please visit reddeer.ca/DaweProject.

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Dawe pool and gymnasium opening this weekend!

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Construction closure at the Dawe ends Sunday

Following an eight-week construction closure, the existing G.H. Dawe Community Centre will re-open on Sunday.

This construction was part of the overall G.H. Dawe Community Centre project, with the full facility expected to open in early 2023. Effective June 26 at 10 a.m., the facility will re-open. Most amenities will be available, including the pool and gymnasium. Drop-in schedules are available here.

Some exciting changes were completed during the closure. A fully accessible change room, a pool deck party room, updated steam room and sauna and a washroom for the pre-school area were added. We’re putting the finishing touches on these amenities and they will soon be available for use. We also added new acoustical paneling and an improved air handling system in the pool area. A significant amount of “behind the scenes” work was also completed to provide the required utilities and services for future arenas and fitness spaces.

As we continue to transform our spaces, construction will continue until full project completion in early 2023. We anticipate the impact will be minimal, but please note changes to these amenities:

  • The Fitness Room will not be available; some larger pieces of existing fitness equipment will be temporarily moved to the “mall area” until the grand opening of our new health and wellness spaces in 2023. Use of this equipment will require a daily admission or monthly pass.
  • Playing surfaces in the arena will not be available until construction is complete, which is expected to be early 2023.

Here are just some of the changes visitors will see when the facility is complete:

  • Two NHL standard ice surfaces
  • Expanded fitness area, with running track and two fitness studios
  • Outdoor spray park with washroom facilities
  • Additional north entrance + site access from 67 Street
  • Additional parking

For more information about the Dawe project and the closure, please visit reddeer.ca/DaweProject.

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Permanent Shelter What We Heard Report released

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Input on the permanent shelter collected from May 10 to June 13 was analyzed and compiled into a community report and posted to The City’s website today.

During the input process, information was shared about previously used site criteria and participants were asked whether they agree with each, and why or why not. They were also asked if there were other criteria to consider, and additional input on areas outside the site criteria. Input was gathered through an online survey, in-person sessions, and/or email:

 Between May 25 and June 10, 2022, an online survey was conducted with 723 participants sharing their input.
 Seven in-person input opportunities, which were held on June 8, 9 and 10, saw 101 participants.
 More than 80 emails were received from citizens and stakeholders sharing their input about the future permanent shelter in Red Deer. Emails received up to 8 a.m. on June 13 were included in report.

In summary, the top broad themes we heard across all input activities were as follows:

 Impact to surrounding neighbourhoods
 Improved integrated services
 Move forward with long-term approach (consideration of location and financial impacts)
 Continued community involvement through input opportunities, information sharing and opportunity for community to support in long-term success.

The top site-based themes we heard across all input activities were as follows:

 Impacts to surrounding land use is the most important consideration when making a decision about the location for a future permanent shelter in Red Deer.
 Impacts to people, specifically as it relates to “citizen safety” for everyone in the community, must be considered.
 Residential neighbourhoods should not be considered.
 Protection of recreational spaces and natural habitats
 Financial compensation should be considered for those who are directly impacted by the location of the future permanent shelter.
 Accountability must be a priority.

Council will review the report and consider next steps in the site selection process. Administration will recommend a Council Ah Hoc Committee to decide site criteria based on Council and community input and technical expertise, then develop a site criteria evaluation matrix which will guide the site selection process. The full report to Council can be found on Council’s meeting site.

Thank you to all citizens and community partners who provided input on the permanent shelter. The full What We Heard report can be found within the Council report and on all the Permanent Shelter webpages under resources. The direct link to the What We Heard report is here.

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