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City watching waterways. Outdoor pool, Great Chief Park and sports fields still closed

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The City continues to monitor local waterways

The City of Red Deer’s Emergency Operations Centre continues to monitor local waterways for impacts while a high streamflow advisory remains in effect on the Red Deer River and the city is under a severe rainfall warning.

“Outflows predicted for the Red Deer River remain dynamic and we anticipate water levels to rise on the Red Deer River by this evening, however significant flooding is not expected at this time,” said Ken McMullen, Director of Emergency Management. “All access to the river is barricaded and we urge everyone to stay off the river and away from the banks at this time.”

The following amenities remain closed:

 All boat launches into the Red Deer River
 The Lion’s Campground
 Great Chief Park (both ball diamonds and Setters Place),
 The Outdoor Pool at the Recreation Centre
 The Capstone Fountain
 The Blue Grass Sod Farms Central Spray & Play
 Outdoor sports fields

Residents are asked to continue to call Public Works at 403-342-8238 if they see blocked catch basins or locations of water ponding on City streets.

For more information, visit www.reddeer.ca/flood.

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Pop-up Spray Parks – City bringing family fun to your neighbourhood this summer

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Pop-up spray parks are back this summer

Pop-up spray parks are gearing up again in Red Deer, set to visit eight neighbourhoods across the city this summer. The first pop up is set for this Thursday, July 7 at Barry Wilson Elementary School.

Families and friends are invited to join Red Deer Emergency Services, Municipal Policing Services and the Red Deer RCMP to beat the heat at pop-up spray parks every Thursday this July and August.

Each spray park will run every Thursday from 6:30 – 8 p.m., visiting neighbourhoods across the city as follows:

Date Location Address
July 7 Barry Wilson Elementary School 300 Timothy Drive
July 14 G.H. Dawe School Holt Street & 59 Avenue
July 21 St. Francis of Assisi School 321 Lindsay Avenue
July 28 Anders Park Ayers Avenue & Anders Street
August 4 Kentwood Park Kendrew Drive & Kent Street
August 11 Don Campbell Elementary School 99 Irving Crescent
August 18 Joseph Welsh Elementary School 4401 – 37 Avenue
August 25 Johnstone Park Jordan Parkway & Jennings Crescent

Events are weather dependant and will be cancelled if weather warnings are in place. The City will provide updates on social media each week if events are in question due to weather.

Information and schedule are available online at www.reddeer.ca/PopUpSprayParks.

For more information, please contact:

Corporate Communications
The City of Red Deer

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City Council grinding out a solution for the site of a permanent homeless shelter

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Council approves Shelter Site Evaluation Matrix

A site criteria evaluation matrix will help guide the site selection process for the future shelter in Red Deer after being approved by City Council today. During Council meetings held on June 24, 27 and July 4, Council worked through multiple exercises to determine five criteria, 22 sub-criteria and the weighting assigned to each – making up the Shelter Site Evaluation Matrix as follows:
SITE CRITERIA SUB-CRITERIA POINTS PERCENTAGES
Ability to acquire site 20
Cost 40%
Zoning 15%
Timing 40%
General 5%
Adequate size 20
Adequate land size (outside/inside) 30%
Can accommodate purpose built/dignified spaces 20%
Can accommodate on-site/integrated services 30%
Future flexible/expansion opportunity 10%
General 10%
Broad community impact 24
Operational and Budgetary Impacts 17%
Alignment with Community Vision (Strategic Plan/Downtown Vision/Vision 2040) 25%
Impact to City Reputation 13%
Economic Impact 25%
Safety Impacts 17%
General 4%
Impacts to surrounding area 26
Impacts to businesses 23%
Impacts to downtown 19%
Impacts to Parks, Trails and Greenspaces 19%
Proximity to Schools 12%
Impacts to Residential Neighbourhoods 23%
General 4%
Access to services & supports 10
Access to transit and transportation 10%
Distance/proximity to supports/services 20%
Foot Traffic Patterns 20%
Enables delivery of 24/7 integrated service 20%
Enables delivery of basic amenities/services 20%
General 10%

Council approves Shelter Site Evaluation Matrix

In the above matrix, the sub-category identified as general under each criteria represents the remaining points allocated to the overarching site criteria.

“The site criteria evaluation matrix approved today will be utilized by administration and City Council to inform decisions about the future site of an integrated shelter in Red Deer,” said Lisa Perkins, Acting City Manager. “The process of developing this matrix has been all about our commitment to consider what we heard from the public, honouring the voice of the City Council in the development of the matrix and selecting a site for the future integrated shelter.”

Along with the criteria and weighting, Council adopted a resolution outlining conditions upon which City Council developed site criteria for the Shelter Site Evaluation Matrix. Ultimately, the site criteria within the matrix are the right criteria “if” the following are true:

  1. Shelter is for those who need short stay emergency housing. There are other services/facilities along the housing spectrum.
  2. Shelter is one site.
  3. Funding may limit scope.
  4. New services have potential to change outcomes.
  5. The permanent shelter will be a housing focused delivery model [(Per Council resolution Nov – 21) – GOA confirmed Jan 22]
  6. Shelter with wrap around services may not necessarily eliminate the need for those requiring shelter to access external services, to connect with community.
  7. There are innovative alternative delivery/service and systems that need to address the diversity of clients and impact on community.
  8. The shelter will operate 24/7
  9. The shelter will be designed to provide adequate spaces for short time stays that honour the dignity of each person
  10. There is a recognition and advocacy for the ongoing housing (eg. PSH & Affordable Housing) needs.
  11. Council will continue to have discussions with the Provincial Government on future Overdose Prevention Services/Supervised Consumption Services.
  12. A good neighbour policy will be developed.
  13. Community agencies are supportive of an integrated model and willing to work collaboratively towards this.
  14. The shelter would integrate or operate as many related services on site as reasonably possible.

These statements will be utilized to inform City Council’s advocacy position around the integrated shelter going forward.

“While the decision in front of City Council in the immediate future pertains specifically to site, we also know there are many conversations to be had with the Province of Alberta about other aspects of shelter including, but not limited to, shelter design, operations and service delivery,” said Mayor Ken Johnston. “We look forward to continued collaboration with our provincial colleagues as we work in partnership to ensure a safe place for our vulnerable citizens to access required services on their journey to permanent housing, which is beneficial for the whole community.”

In addition to the resolutions about the shelter evaluation matrix criteria, City Council resolved that administration will begin preparing a list of possible sites alongside a commercial realtor with Mayor Johnston and the Deputy Mayor providing Council perspective.

Administration will come back to City Council on July 18 to share an update with City Council about the site selection process.

For more information on the shelter project process, please visit www.reddeer.ca/shelter. Citizens and community partners wanting to receive updates on the shelter project by email can subscribe here.

 

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