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Blackfalds to expand multi-plex with second ice surface!

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Council chooses Architect to move Multi-Plex expansion plans forward

Town Council unanimously approved the next step in the expansion to the Blackfalds Multi-Plex, which will include a second ice surface and other possible amenity space needs. Following a thorough competition and review process, the Town awarded the Architectural Services contract for the expansion of the Multi-Plex to ACI Architects Inc.

“We had great interest with 13 different submissions for our Request for Proposal process and following the review and evaluation process we were able to determine the group that best met the criteria and expectations in moving this project forward.,” said Mayor Richard Poole. “The winning group from ACI includes members we have worked with in the past who helped us build our award-winning Abbey Centre.”

An additional ice surface was identified as a Community priority within the next seven years through the 2015 Town of Blackfalds Recreation and Parks Master Plan. The Town of Blackfalds included capital funding in the 2018 budget to undertake the design and contract document development. The Town has also identified funding in the long-range capital funding plan for the construction of the expansion. Community members responded positively to this project establishing a fundraising group to support this initiative. The Dual Ice Development Society (DIDS) is represented by all current users of the existing arena and are working towards raising $1 Million dollars as their commitment to this project.

The Town will be entering into a contract with ACI Architects Inc. for the submitted bid amount of $743,355 which is less than the budgeted amount for this component of the project. Pre- construction estimates for the Multi-Plex expansion is estimated at $15 million dollars with construction timeline set for 2021.

For further details visit the Town website at blackfalds.com.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Train Derailment south of Lacombe: 1 rail car leaked liquid asphalt

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News Release from Blackfalds RCMP

Blackfalds RCMP advise of train derailment – Update

Blackfalds, Alta. – On July 2, 2021, at 8:15 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a 911 call of a train derailment along Highway 2A in Lacombe County.

Initial reports suggested a number of oil cars were leaking oil and possibly on fire. A nearby residence was evacuated as a precaution, and multiple emergency crews responded.

Emergency crews were able to determine that 23 train cars had derailed, four of which were carrying Tar Oil (liquid asphalt). Upon further inspection, only one of the cars was found to have a leak while the remaining were intact. No fires had started.

No injuries were reported and those evacuated were able to return home.

CP Rail and Lacombe County Emergency Management remain on scene and Highway 2A is expected to be blocked to traffic for several more hours while crews investigate and cleanup.

CP Rail Police has taken over this investigation.

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$100,000 to the winning community – Come on Red Deer – we can do this!

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The Red Deer Wellness Network is excited to announce that Red Deer will be participating in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge from June 1st – June 30th, as we strive to be named Canada’s Most Active Community.

The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is helping strengthen communities through physical activity and sport because everything gets better when you get active. ParticipACTION is awarding $100,000 to the community who rallies the most participants and accumulates the most active minutes during the challenge. There is also a new this year, Provincial Prize. Participants can also win individual prizes through the ParticipACTION app when activity minutes are logged.
We are encouraging all residents aged 17 and older to download the app and track their activity to support our Community Better challenge! You can also track it on the website. 

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Download the new ParticipACTION app
2. Track and contribute to total active minutes from June 1st to June 30th.
3. Invite your friends to do the same! You can also create a team on the app to encourage one another along the way and win team prizes.

Schools, Sport Organizations, Workplaces and Gyms are encouraged to track their activities as a group on the ParticipACTION website. Families can track for their whole family on the website and groups can track for large group participation.

Steps to log as a group:
Step 1:  Go to www.participaction.com/challenge

or scan this QR Code.

Step 2: Sign up as a group organization or as a family with a name and e-mail
Step 3: Start tracking activity minutes from June 1-June 30th. You may enter daily or all at once.  Example: School Name, 500 students, 60 minutes of activity/day, 10 days
Step 4: Deadline to enter all minutes is July 1st at midnight

The Red Deer Wellness Network is an umbrella organization for a variety of non profit groups in the city that have a focus on wellness, active living and healthy nutrition.
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