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New ice surface, spray park and other amenities for North Red Deer as G.H. Dawe expansion about to begin

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G.H. Dawe Community Centre project kicks off this spring

During budget deliberations earlier this year, Council approved the 2021 Capital Budget for the G.H. Dawe Community Centre project. The enhancements will improve access, increase opportunity to modernize fitness and programming, provide additional outdoor amenities including a spray park and washroom facilities, and modernize the current ice surface and add a second surface.

The modernization/improvement of the G.H. Dawe Community Centre focuses on the following areas/aspects of the facility, which were not upgraded as part of the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Revitalization Project in 2008.

  • To meet ice user needs with the decommissioning of the Kinex Arena:
    • modernization of the existing ice surface to NHL standard size
    • twinning of existing arena
    • relocate underground services to facilitate the twin
  • To meet parking, site servicing and egress requirements:
    • Introduce right in and right out site access off of 67 Street for improved traffic flow and parking
    • create facility access on the north side of the facility
  • To align with Phase 2 of the 2007 G.H. Dawe Master Plan:
    • review fitness/programming and barrier-free access opportunities
    • outdoor spray park and outdoor washroom facility

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“Proceeding with the G.H. Dawe Community Centre project right now enables us to benefit from cost advantages, while stimulating our local economy at a time when our community needs it most,” said Sarah Tittemore, Community Services General Manager. “The project will work to provide as many opportunities as possible to engage qualified local contractors at a time when it is needed the most.”

Starting later this week, contractors will begin to mobilize on the site, with office trailers moved into place, and safety fencing set-up. Full site preparation will begin near the end of May.

Pending approvals, the contractor will begin underground service work that will extend between June and July. At the same time as this work is taking place on the site, inside the facility demolition will begin in preparation for the project tie-ins. Any disruptions to programs and activities on the site will be communicated, and it is anticipated that programing like summer camps and fitness activities to be transitioned to another facility for the duration of interruptions.

The G.H. Dawe Community Centre is a community hub for citizens living in north Red Deer and across the city. The facility is shared by the G.H. Dawe Community School, the G.H. Dawe Branch of the Red Deer Public Library, and St. Patrick’s Community School.

For more information about the G.H. Dawe Community Centre project, visit www.reddeer.ca/daweproject.

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The masks are coming off in Red Deer!

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Municipal mask bylaws to expire July 1, some provincial mask restrictions to remain in place

All three of Red Deer’s face covering bylaws will expire on July 1, in line with the lifting of the provincial mask mandate.

On June 18, the Government of Alberta announced that the general indoor provincial mask mandate would be lifted on July 1, with masking still required in some specific circumstances, including public transit.

At their meeting on May 25, Red Deer City Council made the decision to expire the local face covering bylaws when the provincial mandate was lifted. As such, the following bylaws will expire on July 1:

  • Face Coverings in Indoor Public Places and Public Vehicles Bylaw 3656/B-2021 (enacted on November 23, 2020)
  • Face Coverings in City Civic Facilities 3657/B-2021 (enacted on November 23, 2020)
  • Transit Face Covering Bylaw 3654/B-2021(enacted on August 17, 2020)

While the municipal face covering bylaws will expire, there will still be masking requirements as per provincial restrictions. Masks will still be Provincially mandated under in the following situations:

  • On public transit
  • In public ride shares and taxis
  • In specific continuing care and acute healthcare care settings

Additionally, there may be occupational and business masking requirements, so Red Deerians may still see people wearing masks outside of the Provincially mandated mask requirements.

For full details on the provincial mask mandates still in place after July 1, visit www.alberta.ca.

As restrictions are set to be lifted, citizens are reminded to get vaccinated and continue following public health restrictions in place, including the use of masks, physical distancing and staying home when sick.

For more information, please visit reddeer.ca/covid

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Michener North lands selected as location for future multi-use aquatic facility

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Monday, Red Deer City Council approved Michener North lands as the site for a future multi-use aquatic facility in Red Deer.

“Confirming the location for the future multi-use aquatic centre is an important milestone in bringing the vision for a new aquatics centre to life for our community,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Both Rotary Recreation Park and Michener North lands were viable options for the facility; however, selecting Michener North lands offers us the opportunity to re-imagine a future for this significant piece of Red Deer’s history and create a legacy for future generations. Today’s decision also signals Council’s desire to move forward with this long anticipated project when economic conditions are more favourable in the future, as well as our commitment to re-purpose Michener North for public purposes and park expansion. One of the challenges for funding a new aquatic centre was the many pragmatic financial uncertainties of the project. We have now determined location and scope, which will help us to plan more definitively for funding of future construction.”

In December, Council directed administration to consider two possible locations for the multi-use aquatic facility: Michener North lands and Rotary Recreation Park. In addition to an in-depth evaluation of both sites, several factors were considered in selecting Michener North lands:

  • The City is purchasing the Michener North lands from the Province, with funds approved in the 2021 Capital Budget.
  • Solidifying this location allows the multi-use aquatic facility to be included in the visioning for Michener North. This visioning will help develop ideas around what this site could for the community and will begin in early 2022.
  • The multi-use aquatic facility serves as an anchor to this future major park node.

Scoping, design and cost were also determined in December as part of Phase 1 of this project. At this time, the facility includes a 53M x 25M pool with 10 lanes, ranging in depth from 2.5M to 3.8M with diving platforms at the deep end and two 1.5M movable bulkheads. This competition pool is compliant with FINA standards and Swim Alberta recommendations. The facility also includes a 25M x 20.6M pool with eight lanes, ranging in depth from 1.2M to 2.2M to accommodate swim competitions, warm up for aquatic sport competitions, and floor based depths serving local community programming needs. Two hot tubs, steam and sauna amenities, universal change rooms, spectator seating for up to 750 people, storage, sport group dryland training area, and staff supports are accounted for in the design.

The facility construction costs are estimated at $51,600,000, and by selecting Michener, The City is in a better position to quantify the variable site development costs as plans are solidified to place the item in the capital plan.

We now know that Michener North lands will be used for municipal purposes and become a major park node for community use,” said Sarah Tittemore, Community Services General Manager. “Major park nodes need indoor facilities to serve the needs of park users, and deciding on the multi-use aquatic facility at this site allows the visioning for the Michener North lands to include this anchor and the community. We look forward to working with the community to enrich the vision through planned future consultation.”

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