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Canada 150 Projects in full swing


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Four projects are underway in the city to celebrate Canada’s 150th.

City projects include the Piper Creek Restoration Project: The Edible Forest, Tim Van Horn’s Red Deer Mosaic Mural, upgrades to Discovery Canyon’s water park area and celebrating Canada’s strong Indigenous culture.

ReThink Red Deer alongside other supporting organizations of the project have secured ,000 to build a 15,000 square foot edible forest. It will include 150 different types of edible, medicinal, and pollinator plants incorporating as many native species as possible.  Partners on the project are Trout Unlimited Canada and Cows and Fish (Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society)

Jonathan Wieler, President of ReThink says, “Well, it’s one of ReThink Red Deer’s best achievements. We are restoring and enhancing a plot of land near the garbage dump that was severely degraded. We are going to plant a hundred and fifty edible trees and shrubs and rebuild a barn that is onsite. It’s pretty awesome!”

Tim Van Horn, a Central Alberta photographer has started a ,000 mosaic mural that will include him taking portraits of Red Deerian’s to assemble the piece. Once completed, Tim’s mural will make a permanent addition to the exterior of the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery.

Discovery Canyon, one of the city’s parks received a 0,000 grant for upgrades improving the accessibility and safety. The park is currently on track to open for the upcoming season.

To celebrate Canada’s strong indigenous heritage, a new cultural housing development along with community centre are set to open soon on Riverside Drive and will provide services to Central Albertan’s.

For more information about the projects  Click Here

Another way you can participate in Canada’s sesquicentennial is to join the Canada150in150 project.

This initiative with roots in Edmonton and Northern Alberta is giving virtually every Albertan the opportunity to share stories of technology, the arts, and their communities with the nation.

The project  has already started gathering and sharing inspiring and visionary stories and wants to connect communities and cultures across the nation with inspiring stories that recognize the Albertan’s who are doing their part in shaping our nation’s future.

Follow #Canada150in150 for the latest updates.

For more information on the project Click Here



Lindsay has lived in Red Deer for over 25 years, and admires what the city of Red Deer offers as a community. In relation to journalism, she has previously worked in the business, and enjoys how photojournalism isn't just about a photo, but the story that is adjacent to it.

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New ice surface, spray park and other amenities for North Red Deer as G.H. Dawe expansion about to begin

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G.H. Dawe Community Centre project kicks off this spring

During budget deliberations earlier this year, Council approved the 2021 Capital Budget for the G.H. Dawe Community Centre project. The enhancements will improve access, increase opportunity to modernize fitness and programming, provide additional outdoor amenities including a spray park and washroom facilities, and modernize the current ice surface and add a second surface.

The modernization/improvement of the G.H. Dawe Community Centre focuses on the following areas/aspects of the facility, which were not upgraded as part of the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Revitalization Project in 2008.

  • To meet ice user needs with the decommissioning of the Kinex Arena:
    • modernization of the existing ice surface to NHL standard size
    • twinning of existing arena
    • relocate underground services to facilitate the twin
  • To meet parking, site servicing and egress requirements:
    • Introduce right in and right out site access off of 67 Street for improved traffic flow and parking
    • create facility access on the north side of the facility
  • To align with Phase 2 of the 2007 G.H. Dawe Master Plan:
    • review fitness/programming and barrier-free access opportunities
    • outdoor spray park and outdoor washroom facility

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“Proceeding with the G.H. Dawe Community Centre project right now enables us to benefit from cost advantages, while stimulating our local economy at a time when our community needs it most,” said Sarah Tittemore, Community Services General Manager. “The project will work to provide as many opportunities as possible to engage qualified local contractors at a time when it is needed the most.”

Starting later this week, contractors will begin to mobilize on the site, with office trailers moved into place, and safety fencing set-up. Full site preparation will begin near the end of May.

Pending approvals, the contractor will begin underground service work that will extend between June and July. At the same time as this work is taking place on the site, inside the facility demolition will begin in preparation for the project tie-ins. Any disruptions to programs and activities on the site will be communicated, and it is anticipated that programing like summer camps and fitness activities to be transitioned to another facility for the duration of interruptions.

The G.H. Dawe Community Centre is a community hub for citizens living in north Red Deer and across the city. The facility is shared by the G.H. Dawe Community School, the G.H. Dawe Branch of the Red Deer Public Library, and St. Patrick’s Community School.

For more information about the G.H. Dawe Community Centre project, visit

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Mayor Tara Veer explains Council’s response to Westerner Park crisis

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“I hope you are all doing well and are keeping safe during this challenging time. Since requesting administration to bring forward more information for the Westerner Park recommendations on April 22, we have heard many questions and concerns surrounding Council’s rationale to table the matter for up to four weeks. The decision to table the issue was to request additional information to, given the magnitude of the financial request, ensure Council is making an informed decision that considers and benefits our community as a whole.

Council believes in Westerner Park and we are committed to protecting the 130 years of history Westerner Park has brought to our community. Given the significance of the recommendations before us, Council’s purpose is financial due diligence on behalf of our citizens prior to making a generational decision. We recognize the decision will have broad community impact through our capital investments; resulting in the need to delay or cancel projects in The City’s capital plan, which we have a responsibility to fully consider.

Council is acutely aware of the economic, social and cultural importance of Westerner Park to our city and region, and the recommendations will come back to Council within the next few weeks. Our priority is to ensure we consider all information possible, while taking the necessary time for a generational decision of this financial magnitude. It is clear in principal that our Council will provide financial support to protect the future of Westerner Park, however, what is left to be decided is how this will be structured to protect the financial future of our community as a whole.

(Friday, I met) with members of the Westerner Park Board, Westerner Foundation Committee and Westerner Park Past Presidents to share information, as well as address questions and concerns about the decision making process. As legacy builders and community builders, they have invested time, energy and financial commitments in Westerner Park, so it is imperative that they be involved in and aware of the next steps in what has been a multi-phased process, as we know this issue is a personal one for many in our community. We are committed to helping Westerner Park, because it is the right thing to do, but how that is structured will be the decision on the table in the coming weeks.”

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