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Lacombe Athletic Park Association Celebrates Successful 2016


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Officials with the Lacombe Athletic Park Association say 2016 was a very successful year for them and the ME Global Athletic Park. In a release, outgoing LAPA Chairman Murray Cunningham said during their recent AGM that “Our part time staff continue to do a terrific job including Dita Knip for the concession and facility maintenance, Fred Knip for facility management and schedule coordination, and Darrin Thompson with our promotions, marketing, and sponsorships. Our board and volunteers are excellent and continue to lead with fundraising, organizing events and supporting our community initiatives.

A big thanks to our partners, the City of Lacombe, Lacombe County, and Wolf Creek School Division who provide great support for us to operate at our best. Special thanks as always to Don and Marianne Gustafson for all their time and support as well.”

2016 featured a number of highlights for ME Global Athletic Park and the LAPA. They include:

  • The City of Lacombe supporting the organization with a 10 year loan of $245,000 when construction started on MEGlobal Park. “Each year we have fundraised to make principal and interest payments on the loan. In September we made an additional lump sum payment of approximately $50,000 to pay the balance of the loan over three years ahead of schedule. We are now debt free.”
  • Capital reserve funds continue to increase for future expansion and turf replacements at MEGlobal Park.
  • Fundraising and partner commitments are being received to ensure the organization will be able to construct the all access full size exterior basketball court in the spring of 2017.
  • Alberta Schools Athletic Association approved a request to host the 2017 High School Provincial games at MEGlobal Park. This event will bring 10 teams and possibly 4,000 players and fans to Lacombe over two days in November, 2017.
  • MEGlobal Field saw tremendous use this past year as the facility hosted lacrosse, soccer, rugby, football, quiddich and other community events. Officials tracked almost 50,000 people hours of use through the facility.

Cunningham says “The partnership model we have is so exciting because it is a sustainable way to align and deeply involve volunteers and corporate partners with our municipal and education partners to provide great recreation and sport facilities for our community.

Thank you everyone for your support of the Lacombe Athletic Park Association this past year.  LAPA will once again be hosting our annual GALA evening on March 4th, where we will have details about a big exciting community announcement at LAPA in 2017.

Tickets for the evening are available at Reds Sports, or by calling Darrin Thompson at 587-877-6294.

The LAPA GALA evening promises to be another great night of fun and rubbing shoulders with CFL and sports celebrities.

Everyone is invited.”

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Today: Come meet Red Deer’s Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith

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Submitted by Tourism Red Deer

Come celebrate with us and congratulate Red Deer’s own Rebecca Smith.

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Tourism Red Deer invite you to meet Red Deer’s Summer Olympic Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith!

Rebecca was a part of Team Canada’s 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay swim team at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.  She’ll be here to meet, greet, and show off her hardware.

Where: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, 102-4200 Highway 2, Red Deer

When:  Wednesday, August 25, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Access to Dawe Centre pool and community centre affected by expansion project – Details

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Limited access to G.H. Dawe Community Centre this summer due to construction

Due to construction, access to the G.H. Dawe Community Centre will be limited this summer, with a full closure planned for August.

As announced yesterday, City recreation centres are opening fully to the public as of July 1. With construction underway at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, only limited services and areas will be available.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Starting July 2, fitness and gym areas will open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., daily. In July, summer day camps that normally operate from the Dawe will operate from other facilities.
  • The pool will remain closed until September.
  • To accommodate interior heating and ventilation construction, the facility will fully close from July 26 to August 31. Some registered preschool and summer camp programming may proceed, but no rental or general admission options will be available.
  • On September 1, we anticipate the pool will be open, but some other amenities, like the gym, may not be available. More information will be provided as construction progresses.
  • Playing surfaces in the arena will not be available until construction is complete, which is expected to be early 2023.

We are currently offering a discounted monthly Value Pass for $27 for adults ($24.50 for seniors; $21.90 for students; $19.30 for youth; $14.20 for children, and $60.50 for a family. It provides unlimited access to all facilities. As of August the Value Pass will only provide access to the Recreation Centre and Michener Aquatic Centre; however, access to the Dawe will be included in the Value pass until the pool, gym and fitness areas are open.

About the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project

Work is underway now on the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project and some exciting changes are in store. We expect to welcome visitors to the transformed space in early 2023. Here’s just some of what you can expect:

  • Two NHL standard playing surfaces
  • Expanded fitness areas, including a running track
  • Outdoor spray park with washroom facilities
  • Improved accessibility
  • Additional north entrance + site access from 67 Street
  • Additional parking

During construction, there will be some changes and impacts to existing amenities and programs, and we’ll do you best to share this information in advance. Thanks for your patience as we complete this work.

For more information about the project, please visit

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