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Got a big idea for city council? Here’s your chance to share it.

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Red Deerians are invited to “Shape your Red Deer”

Red Deerians are invited to share their big ideas and dreams for Red Deer as part of a public participation project: Shape your Red Deer, chart our community’s path to 2040.

What version of Red Deer do you see in the short, medium, and long-term? How do we get there? Help us envision Red Deer’s future and chart the path we, as a city and community, want to take.

Launching today is an online engagement tool, where participants will be asked to provide their big ideas and dreams for Red Deer over the next twenty years, input on what The City should focus on over the next four years, and thoughts on what should guide municipal decision making. This engagement site will close on May 22.

To RSVP to either session, please visit www.reddeer.ca/2040.

“Feedback gathered as part of Shape your Red Deer will influence the future projects and work that The City of Red Deer will undertake in the short, medium and long-term. We are asking our community to inform City Council’s new Strategic Plan and our Vision 2040 plan,” said Interim City Manager Tara Lodewyk. “We encourage all Red Deerians to be part of this exciting time and share their ideas with us by participating in the online or in-person workshops, or with the online engagement tool.”

Share your vision and ideas at upcoming public engagement opportunities, offered both in-person and online. Your feedback will be used to help shape Council’s next Strategic Plan, and Vision 2040, which will influence the work The City of Red Deer does over the next four to twenty years.

Public Participation Opportunities:

There are several ways to provide your input as part of Shape your Red Deer, including an in-person workshop, an online workshop, and an online engagement tool that can be done at whatever time is convenient to you. All residents are invited to share their ideas and participate.

Online workshop

May 3, 2022: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Register here

In-person workshop

May 16, 2022: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
RSVP here

Online engagement tool

April 26 – May 22
Take the survey here

What is the Strategic Plan?

The Strategic Plan is City Council’s direction to the organization for the benefit of the community. A new strategic planning process begins every four years, with the swearing in of a new City Council. City Council determines its strategic plan based on several factors including, but not limited to, things they heard from citizens on the campaign trail, information shared with City Council from administration, and information collective during the public participation process directly connected to the strategic plan.

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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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