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Central Elementary School will become our Concert Hall, no doubt about it.


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It has become obvious that Central Elementary School will become a concert hall/ performing arts centre after the Canada Games in 2019.

Our city’s leaders finally came to grips with our city’s declining health and cut back in their budget. Budgets were cut, positions cut, long time employees were given pink slips for Christmas. Was it enough, or was it window dressing?

It is rather coincidental that the city acquires Central Elementary School to repurpose for the 2019 Canada Games, then approves $220,000 for a feasibility study on what kind of performing arts centre/cultural facility is needed. 3 years ahead of schedule.

The city may be coming to grips with the fact that the city is declining fast. The worst unemployment in Alberta, declining population, declining revenues, increasing bankruptcies, and losing of hope for many, but they continue to spend money downtown. They terminated employees but will spend $1.7 million on the Riverwalk and with the $220,000 for the feasibility study that is almost 2 million in questionable spending.

The arena is being replaced, downtown. Did anyone ask, or even consider, if just perhaps it could have been built in another, much more practical location? No, it is downtown, it would be blasphemous to think otherwise. Why would we build it away from downtown, like they did when it was initially built? What is wrong with having it in front of and hiding another arena?

Last year Red Deer lost almost 1% of their population while surrounding communities grew. Blackfalds and Penhold grew, and both had recent recreational centres built away from their downtowns. Do they know something that our city leaders do not?

Perhaps we should ask ourselves why Red Deer has been hit the hardest in Alberta. Harder than Nisku, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, or Medicine Hat? Why did Blackfalds build their new Abbey Centre away from downtown and then grow by 700 residents last year? Why did Red Deer build the Collicutt Centre away from downtown 15 years ago? Why did Blackfalds build more new homes than Red Deer? Why does Penhold need more land, while Red Deer is shrinking?

Could it be our blind dedication to the downtown? Could it be our continued neglect of residents living north of the river? Could it be that we are stuck in our ways and do not accept change? Whatever it is that keeps us on this downhill slope, we know that our money will keep pouring into the downtown.

The city will turn Central Elementary School into the Concert Hall, they will do studies and surveys until they get the results they want, and use that to justify their decision, which I believe has already been made.

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Tour the 2023 Red Deer Hospital Home Lottery grand prize dream home

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Later this month, someone is going to win this 3,049 sq ft beauty, built by Sorento Custom Homes.

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Celebrate Canadian Environment Week by Volunteering at the Green Deer River Valley Cleanup, June 10!

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From the Waskasoo Environmental Education Society

Formerly called the Red Deer River Cleanup, the Green Deer River Valley Cleanup will take place at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre from 12:00–3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2023.

This annual spring initiative draws volunteers from across the city to join forces to keep our waterways clean and safe by spending the afternoon picking up litter near the Red Deer River and in the surrounding river valley.

Refreshments and prize raffle to follow litter cleanup! There will be over $1500 in prizes for volunteers; including two grand prizes donated by NOVA Chemicals. Each grand prize includes one full-size patio heater.

How it works:

1. Meet at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre field any time between 12:00 p.m. (noon) and 1:00 p.m. to receive your supplies and begin cleaning litter along your assigned route. Children 12 & under must attend with an adult.

2. Return to the Kerry Wood Nature Centre between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to hand in your unused supplies and enjoy some light refreshments.

3. Prize raffle will begin shortly after 3:00 p.m.

Suggested to please wear/bring:

• Visible, weather-appropriate clothing
• Closed-toe walking shoes
• Hat
• Water bottle
• Sunscreen
• Bug spray
• Gloves

For more information:

• Visit

• Email [email protected]

• Phone 403-346-2010

Creating a population of citizens interested in, aware of, concerned about and involved in their natural and cultural history.

The Green Deer River Valley Cleanup is made possible thanks to the generosity and support of NOVA Chemicals, INEOS Canada Partnership, Friends of the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, and The City of Red Deer.

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