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Inaugural Year a Successful One for the Sylvan Lake NexSource Centre


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May 30, 2018 – A recent “Year in Review” report to Council, showcases a successful
first year for the NexSource Centre – Sylvan Lake’s new multiuse recreational facility.
Having only opened on March 31, 2017, the Centre:

• Received over 400,000 visitors;
• Sold 2,016 memberships (706 of those sold following a recent price reduction);
• Offered 233 recreation, art, and culture programs;
• Offered over 657 aquatic programs; and
• Generated a revenue of $522,321 – 56% higher than the projected $334,050.

The NexSource Centre boasts two ice surfaces – arenas, a curling rink that easily
converts to dry surface capable of hosting trade shows, and other indoor events, a
walking/running track, pool, children’s playroom, seniors centre, conference/meeting
space, concession, lounge, and work rooms.

The full Year in Review report is available at

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Active COVID cases in Red Deer down slightly

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Todays AHS COVID-19 report has hit the airwaves.
The Central Zone had a slightly lower number of new cases reported today with 106. There were also 101 recoveries cited, this has resulted in a small increase of just 5 active cases in the region.
(Now at 1594)
There are now 62 people in hospitals up 5 from last report, and 1 less individual in ICU. (Down from 5 to 4)
Even better news regarding our precious city of Red Deer. We had just 16 new cases reported but for the third time in 5 days we had 30 or more recoveries in a single day with 33 reported this afternoon. This resulted in our active case count decreasing from 425 to 408! That’s the right direction folks.
Let’s all keep up the fight against this monster and continue to think positive. We shall overcome.
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Province twinning David Thompson Highway (#11) from Sylvan Lake to Rocky Mountain House

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Premier Kenney announces highway 11 expansion

From the Province of Alberta

Improving David Thompson Highway and creating jobs

The Government of Alberta will twin a 66-kilometre stretch of the David Thompson Highway between Sylvan Lake and Rocky Mountain House.

This $120-million project is part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan and will create about 582 jobs, while upgrading the highway and improving traffic flow along this important recreation corridor.

“Alberta’s government is taking every possible step to get folks back to work. Infrastructure upgrades like this will create jobs today, while ensuring our roads and highways can support the needs of Albertans for years to come. Ultimately, this will create more opportunities for Albertans and visitors alike to access the natural beauty and hospitality of our province.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

“The David Thompson Highway leads to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Canada and has become a popular route for the tourism industry. Twinning this highway will increase and improve access for Albertans and tourists alike to enjoy Alberta’s outdoors. The project is part of our government’s recovery plan to create jobs, diversify our economy and get Albertans back to work.”

Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation

The David Thompson Highway project is part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure spending announced as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan. This spending includes: $6.9 billion Budget 2020 capital spending, $980 million accelerated for Capital Maintenance and Renewal, $200 million for Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program and water infrastructure projects, $600 million in strategic infrastructure projects, $500 million in municipal infrastructure and $1.5 billion for Keystone XL.

“The twinning of the David Thompson Highway is an important infrastructure project for our community and will support further investment in the province. It will address the congestion at the 781 intersection that continues to plague the area and, frankly, is long overdue. Most importantly, this project will create jobs right here in central Alberta at a time when Albertans need it most.”

Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, and MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

“This project represents major progress on transportation infrastructure that will positively impact many communities in Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre. The David Thompson Highway – named after one of Western Canada’s true pioneers – sees considerable use by industry, tourists and Albertans recreating in the surrounding areas. Twinning the highway will ensure this gateway to the Rockies is upgraded for use for generations to come – boosting tourism, shoring up industry supply chains and allowing Albertans to explore what I consider the most beautiful area in the province.”

Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks, and MLA for Rimbey- Rocky Mountain House- Sundre

Alberta’s government is helping create more than 50,000 good jobs for Albertans by building schools, roads and other core infrastructure that benefits Albertans and communities. It will further diversify our economy by helping sectors grow and succeed and return investment to our province by ensuring we have the most competitive tax environment in Canada

Quick facts

  • Sylvan Lake and the David Thompson Country region are popular summer vacation destinations.
  • Design work will start in 2020 with construction activities getting underway in the 2021 construction season following land acquisition. A project of this scope typically takes about four years to build.
  • The project will be completed in phases over the following several construction seasons.
  • About 5,800 vehicles use this section of Highway 11 each day.
  • This project is anticipated to support 344 direct and 248 indirect jobs.
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