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Province nixes first choice so City Council negotiating Plan B for homeless shelter location

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City formally recommends site for future shelter in Red Deer

A future shelter site is being recommended to the Province of Alberta following today’s City Council meeting after Mayor Johnston and members of City Council met with and worked with the Province of Alberta last week to find the right site for Red Deer.

At this time, The City of Red Deer is unable to share the location of the recommended site because land negotiations must still occur.

On September 12, 2022, City Council selected a potential site for recommendation to the Province of Alberta, and after engaging with provincial counterparts, providing additional information, and exploring further site considerations, the site that was initially considered, was determined to be unsuitable. With this
in mind, City Council has now selected another location, which will be formally recommended to the Province of Alberta today.

“We have already involved and engaged our provincial colleagues, and we anticipate our recommendation will be formally accepted,” said Mayor Ken Johnston. “This is an exciting step in the process, and we will continue to work with our provincial counterparts and the private landowner of the recommended site as we navigate next steps.”

The current landowner of the recommended site is aware of The City’s recommendation to the Province of Alberta.

“We know our community has been awaiting a decision about the future location for the future shelter,” said Johnston. “I want to assure our community we will share the future location as soon as possible but right now, we have a legal responsibility to work through these negotiations while respecting the role of the Province of Alberta and the private landowner.”

“I truly believe the proposed site will foster integration and innovation in a whole new way as we look to address the unique challenges those experiencing homelessness face daily. I believe we have recommended the right site for Red Deer – a site that considers the needs of not only our most vulnerable but the needs of our entire community. The site being recommended by City Council considers the input of our community, stakeholders, and partners in this process. I speak on behalf of my Council when I say how appreciative we are of our community’s contribution to the site selection process and that we have truly listened to what our community shared with us,” said Johnston.

For more information on the future shelter project, visit www.reddeer.ca/shelter.

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Woody’s Spray Park among three recreation facilities to be enhanced by donation from Red Deer business leader

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Enhancing recreation through community partnership

A long time community supporter and local business owner is contributing to three recreation amenities within Red Deer through personal financial contribution. Woody Paylor has graciously donated funds that will see the replacement of a community park and the naming of the new spray park and a current athletic park.

Woody’s contribution will be honoured for years to come with the naming of the new spray park at G.H. Dawe Community Centre, which will be named Woody’s Spray Park; and the track at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School will be named Woody’s Athletic Park. A portion of the contribution will also be used to replace the playground at the Bower-Kin Community Centre.

“Over the years, Woody has supported many community initiatives that lead to enhanced quality of life for Red Deerians. He is passionate about initiatives that enable individuals of all ages and abilities to have opportunities to get outdoors, be active, and build community in a city they call home,” said Mayor
Ken Johnston. “His financial contribution to the three amenities speaks to this and will leave a lasting legacy on our beloved recreation amenities for generations to come.”

Each of the three amenities that will benefit from his generosity have a personal connection to him and his family. The track is where he and his family have spent numerous hours training and supporting annual community events. The Bower-Kin park has provided hours of entertainment to the youth
connected to his family as well as the surrounding neighborhood. The spray park will bring joy to generations for many years to come, as one of the many enhancements occurring at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre.

“Red Deer and Central Alberta have been very kind to my family and supported our business in tremendous ways. I feel privileged to give back to a community we care about. The outdoor trails and parks have been the jewel of our city and my family wants to see that continued,” said Woody Paylor.

“My wife Val and I have spent many hours at community playgrounds, and we are excited to be part of building one together with the Bower Community Association. Our entire family has enjoyed events at the track, and we are thrilled to see this amenity continue to provide a similar experience for others in
the community”.

The City will coordinate the playground replacement. As part of the design process, the neighbourhood will be involved in the playground design through engagement with the Bower-Kin Community Association that will help bring the vision to life. Planning is anticipated to begin over the winter, with construction to take place in the spring and summer of 2023.

Woody’s Athletic Park has preplanned construction beginning in Summer 2023 with an anticipated completion by Fall 2023. Woody’s Spray Park has an anticipated opening of early Summer 2023.

The City will be hosting community events for each of these amenities upon completion, where we can celebrate Woody’s legacy in our community.

Woody’s commitment to community spirit, togetherness, and active living, are all exemplified with this generous contribution. The contribution amount and the terms of the agreement will not be publicly disclosed. Although Woody wishes these terms remain confidential, we can share that it is one of the
largest personal contributions made to City recreation spaces.

The G.H. Dawe Community Centre Expansion project is expected to be open in late February 2023, with Woody’s Spray Park opening in the summer of 2023. For more information on the project, visit www.reddeer.ca/daweexpansion.

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City’s Culture Development Fund provides arts groups with nearly $350,000 in grants

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Community Culture Development Fund continues support of local arts, culture and heritage groups

16 not-for-profit organizations in Red Deer have been granted a total of $346,825 in multi-year funding from The City of Red Deer’s Community Culture Development Fund – Culture Development Category.The Community Culture Development Fund has provided financial support to not-for-profit organizations delivering arts, culture, and heritage initiatives in our community since 2000. Grant funds are intended to assist organizations, build their capacity to provide a service, manage a cultural facility, act as an umbrella organization for other cultural organizations, develop new cultural programs and services, and/or produce a community-based special event or festival.

The Culture Development Category provides long term support (up to three years) to service providers to offset operational costs required to deliver culture programs and services within the community. A maximum of $30,000 is available per application, and eligible organizations may submit multiple applications.

$573,875 was requested of the $400,000 in available funds for this funding cycle and approximately 60 per cent of requests were approved. $20,000 was assigned to the next intake of the Community Culture Development Fund – Culture Opportunities Category in 2023. The remaining funds of $33,175 have been allocated to the next intake of the Culture Development Category.

“The City is proud to support the variety of events and educational opportunities provided to Red Deerians by these important community organizations,” said Bobby-Jo Stannard, Community Development Superintendent. “From arts, music and children’s theatre to heritage, improv and annual festivals, the vibrancy of Red Deer’s arts scene is evident from this list of not-for-profit groups.”

The following organizations were each awarded three years of funding for the 2023-2025 funding cycle.

Organization  Amount
Approved
per year
Project description/support for:
Central Alberta Chamber Orchestra $10,000.00 Central Alberta Chamber Orchestra regular season concerts, educational and community outreach performances
African Caribbean Centre of Central Alberta $5,000.00 Annual Red Deer Afro-Caribbean Festival
Against the Wall Theatre Society $9,375.00 Improvisational theatre programming, education and performance
Association Canadienne Francophone de l’Alberta Regionale de Red Deer (French Canadian Association of Alberta, Red Deer Region) $5,000.00 A bilingual Celebration of Winter event
Central Alberta Film Festival Association $10,000.00 Growth and expanded engagement: annual Central Alberta Film Festival, educational workshops and film challenges
Friends of Sunnybrook Farm Society $30,000.00 Sunnybrook Farm Museum programs: preservation, education, entertainment and access to historic site
Norwegian Laft Hus Society $15,000.00 Expanding public cultural and educational programming
Prime Stock Theatre Co. Society $30,000.00 Bard on Bower outdoor summer Shakespeare festival
Red Deer Arts Council $30,000.00 Arts presentation programming
Red Deer Arts Council $30,000.00 Arts outreach programming
Red Deer Arts Council $15,000.00 Arts development programming
Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society $30,000.00 Canada Day celebrations
Red Deer Family Services $15,000.00 Central Alberta Children’s Festival
Red Deer Festival of Performing Arts Society $25,000.00 Annual Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts
Red Deer Pottery Club $5,450.00 Year-round ceramic arts program opportunities for members and community outreach programs
Red Deer Summer CentreFest Society $30,000.00 CentreFest Street Performer Festival
Red Deer Symphony Orchestra Association $12,000.00 Symphony @ the Snell programming
Red Deer Symphony Orchestra Association $20,000.00 RDSO Community Concerts: Accessible performances in the community
Tree House Youth Theatre Society $20,000.00 Tree House Youth Theatre skill development programs and productions
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