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Northside Regional Community Centre

Thank you for your input
Our survey and focus groups have now wrapped up. Watch for a Northside Regional Community Centre - draft concept plan, inspired by community consultation, to be released spring of 2013. Thank you. 


Project Overview

A northside regional community centre could give Red Deerians a place where they could come together and participate in community-based activities and programming.

Although some stakeholder consultation was conducted in September of 2011, we want to go out now to build on that consultation and assess the genuine need for this facility and what it might look, feel and function like. We want to explore the possibilities of a multi-purpose facility with shared spaces and its potential impact on the community.

The identification of need for a community centre north of the river stemmed from the stakeholder conversations and is supported by the findings of the Community Assets Needs Assessment Study that was completed in 2008. Right now, the G.H. Dawe Community Centre is the only major public facility located north of the river, and the Normandeau Activity Centre the only small neighbourhood facility north of 67 Street and west of Gaetz Avenue.

There is a growing demand for a community gathering space that serves the needs of the people in north Red Deer and all across the community.

Project History 

Planning and development for a proposed Northside Regional Community Centre is underway. It is a multi-year, multi-phase project leading up to anticipated 2015/16 construction dates.

The focus of 2012 will be on the community input component of the project with subsequent planning actions to follow.

Project Evolution

It is believed that the new Northside Community Centre can be a conduit of high level leisure in our community and that the engagement process leading to its development is just as important as it helps create social ties and connections and sets up the facility for success and sustainability.

This approach to development of a regional community centre aligns with The City’s newly drafted Community Development Framework, a guiding document that outlines the involvement of and interaction with community in decisions and initiatives.

The need for a community centre north of the river stemmed from past Stakeholder conversations and is supported by the Community Assets Needs Assessment Study that was completed in 2008. Right now, the G.H. Dawe Community Centre is the only major public facility located north of the river, and the Normandeau Activity Centre the only small neighbourhood facility north of 67 Street and west of Gaetz Avenue, and there is a growing demand for a community gathering space that serves the needs of the people in north Red Deer and all across the community.

At the end of the day we aim to:

  • Set out a shared community vision for a regional multi-purpose facility in north Red Deer made up of a range of shared spaces to meet current and future community programming need.
  • Reconfirm the need / value / purpose for a northside community centre
  • Explore partnership opportunities and operating models

Where we are today

The proposed Northside Regional Community Centre will have a regional scope to serve residents north of 67 Street, and will focus on providing holistic and multi-sectoral programming and services to meet the needs of families, seniors, youth, immigrants, and adult groups with specific emphasis on programming in recreation, culture and social service areas.

We've developed a draft program statement (potential uses) based on what we've heard so far. Now we need you to reconfirm that we're heading in the right direction. We want to know how you think this space should look, feel and function.

Draft Program Statement - Potential Uses

Proposed Site

The proposed site for the Northside Regional Community Centre is in the City owned park space west of Glendale School; however, we will continue conversations with the school board and stakeholders to explore opportunities and determine the best space for a facility like this.

Proposed Site Map

Community Spaces

Here's a look at some examples of uses and types of spaces in other communities such as Sylvan Lake, AB and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Community Spaces

News Releases

City launches consultation on a Northside Regional Community Centre

Get the scoop on the Northside Regional Community Centre

For more information about this project, please contact:

Pauline Mousseau
Neighbourhood Community Development Coordinator
The City of Red Deer
pauline.mousseau@reddeer.ca
403-309-8413