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City of Red Deer

Upgrades to Woody’s Athletic Park begin next week

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New track sub-surface and rubber overlay, curbing and barrier-free pedestrian access are all part of the upcoming construction project at Woody’s Athletic Park. On June 26 construction crews will begin mobilizing at the athletic park next to Lindsay Thurber High School to begin the nearly three-month project.

The project will see the replacement of the track’s sub-surface and rubber overlay, installation of inside lane curbing, and creation of barrier-free access throughout the amenity. These upgrades will allow for Woody’s Athletic Park to achieve World Athletics Certification. Obtaining this certification will allow groups to host provincial, national and even international competitions.

“The upgrades to the park will help us to achieve World Athletics Certification, providing more opportunity to attract large scale track and field events to our community,” said Kristin Walsh, Safe & Healthy Communities Manager. “Woody’s Athletic Park already hosts many local competitions, but with the upgrades, there will be an opportunity to host provincial, national, even international events right here in Red Deer.”

Phase One – where we are at:

The first phase will see the existing rubber surface removed to repair and resurface 40-year-old sub-surface, as well as the construction of barrier-free pedestrian pathways to access the park. This phase is anticipated to take about a month. Once complete, the asphalt will sit for about two weeks as a requirement of the new synthetic topcoat surface.

Phase Two – where we’ll go next:

The second phase will begin in August, and it will include the rubber overlay on the track as well as curbing on the inside of turns or lane 1. The new rubber overlay will be red, rather than the current black surface.

Community impact

The impact to the community includes no access to the athletic park during construction until the anticipated re-opening date of September 15. There will be signage and additional fencing to restrict access to the construction area to eliminate risk to the general public, as with any construction site. There should be no impact to surrounding roads, pathways and trails. There may be minor disruptions in the initial set up of the construction access early July, and potential interruption as construction equipment access the site throughout the project.

The user groups who regularly book the track during the summer have found alternate locations to train and compete this year during the closure.

Woody’s Athletic Park is maintained and booked by The City of Red Deer. The total budget for this project is $1.45 million. The project is funded by The City of Red Deer, Red Deer Public School Division, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, Red Deer Titans Track & Field Club, and sponsorship.

The name

The renaming of the amenity to Woody’s Athletic Park occurred in 2023, following a financial contribution by long-time resident, Woody Paylor. Permanent signage featuring the new name will be installed throughout the construction project.

Related link: Enhancing recreation through community partnership

Contact Information

Address: 4204-58 Street (map)
Located on Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School grounds.

For booking information contact Facility and Park Rentals or email [email protected] or call your bookings specialist at 403-309-8421. Our bookings specialist will ask you for details of your planned event, discuss amenities and walk you through the bookings process.

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Large amount of drugs, firearms seized from Red Deer home

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News release from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

Five firearms were seized alongside nearly a quarter million dollars’ in drugs and cash after a Red Deer home was searched.

ALERT Red Deer’s organized crime team searched the home on May 23, 2024 with help from Red Deer RCMP. The home, located in the Eastview neighbourhood, contained a large amount of drugs and firearms with five suspects being arrested.

“None of these firearms were lawfully possessed and are instruments of the drug trade. There’s an inherent violence with drug trafficking that threatens all of our safety,” said Insp. Brad Lundeen, ALERT Regional.

The drugs seized have an estimated street value of $220,000 and include:

  • Five firearms;
  • 670 grams of cocaine;
  • 336 grams of MDMA;
  • 90 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 76 suspected methamphetamine pills;
  • 71 opioid pills;
  • 494 illicit prescription pills;
  • 4.4 litres of GHB;
  • 1,313 grams of cannabis;
  • $96,440 cash.

One of the firearms, a loaded 40-caliber handgun, had previously been reported as stolen. Two of the firearms also had their serial number tampered. The seized firearms will be sent to ALERT’s Provincial Firearms Solutions Lab for ballistics testing and analysis.

Five suspects, ranging in age from 32 to 51 years old, were arrested but charges have yet to been laid. The investigation remains ongoing as investigators prepare reports and disclosure for Crown Counsel.

ALERT’s investigation began in January 2024 in response to drug trafficking in the Red Deer area.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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