2019 Canada Winter Games

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Highlights

  • This capital budget briefing note highlights the multi-year requests for capital funding (2018 and 2019) to prepare for and host the 2019 Canada Winter Games, while leveraging the opportunities the event presents to our City.
  • The City of Red Deer, in cooperation with the Host Society, is committed to providing accessible, safe, and environmentally friendly amenities and venues during the Games.
  • The 2019 Canada Winter Games is the largest multi-sport event to be hosted in Alberta since the 1988 Olympic Games, and have an expected economic impact of more than $132 million for our community.
  • More than 20,000 visitors are expected to visit Red Deer for the event, with up to 3,600 participants from across our nation to compete in 19 sports.

Project Overview

Canada Winter Games Corporate Mobilization Strategy

  • This multi-year funding request in the Operating Budget encompasses the work that The City of Red Deer will do in order to be prepared for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, including: staff training, event evaluation, emergency preparedness, stakeholder relationship enhancements, issues management, event and community promotion, economic development, identity promotion, internal and external communications, cultural programming and venue management.
  • The goal is to ensure that The City of Red Deer is prepared to welcome the nation to our city, showcasing our identity, world class venues, and welcoming and inclusive community.

Canada Winter Games Venue Accessibility Improvements

  • This funding request will improve accessibility at City of Red Deer facilities that are venues for the 2019 Canada Winter Games (Collicutt Centre, Kinsmen Community Arenas, Servus Arena and Great Chief Park) making them more welcoming to guests during and after the Games.
  • Improvements include washroom enhancements, mobile device charging stations, installation of hearing loop, which is a special type of wireless sound system for use by people with hearing aids, improved City visibility, and the implementation of results from accessibility audits.

Canada Winter Games Environmental Venue Improvements

  • This funding request will improve environmental sustainability of City facilities being used for the 2019 Games to reduce our ecological footprint leading up to and after the Games.
  • Areas of improvement include installing new technologies, exchanging existing infrastructure to operate in a more environmentally friendly manner, and water efficiency improvements.  

Canada Winter Games Venue Improvements – City Design and Infrastructure Standards

  • As part of the Canada Winter Games, this funding request provides for enhanced City visibility through pageantry to be built around City of Red Deer venues being used for the Games (Servus Arena, Great Chief Park, River Bend Golf and Recreation Area, Kinsmen Community Arenas, Collicutt Centre, and the Canada Games Celebration Plaza) to promote Red Deer’s identity. 

Previously approved 2019 Canada Winter Games capital projects include: 

River Bend Recreation Area:

  • Upgrades to River Bend Recreation Area were approved by Council in 2014 and include: trail upgrades and construction for cross country ski and a biathlon range.
  • Construction started last winter and will be complete in 2018.

Great Chief Park:

  • The Great Chief Park Enhancement Concept Plan was approved by Council as a planning tool in 2012. The enhancement plan includes the relocation of the long track speed skating oval to Great Chief Park and the use of artificial turf on the football field to extend the usage and season.
  • Construction began last winter on the 400m Olympic and mass start speed skating oval as well as the artificial turf football field and will be complete in January 2018.

Canada Winter Games Plaza:

  • The approved Canada Winter Games plan included the construction of a permanent physical legacy for the community in the form of a Games Plaza.
  • The plaza is intended to host cultural activities and events both prior to, during, and after the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
  • Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2018.

Canyon Ski:

  • Canyon Ski Resort will be the home for freestyle and snowboard events.
  • Work required at Canyon includes widening and grading the existing runs, slalom course modifications, installation of an elevator and the purchase of snow making equipment.
  • Enhancements started in 2016, and will be complete by fall 2018.

Red Deer College:

  • The City of Red Deer contributed to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
  • This facility will be the host facility for short track speed skating and squash.
  • Construction began in 2015, and is scheduled to be complete by fall 2018. 

Budget Requirements, Funding Sources and Council Decision Points

Project Amount Funding Source
Canada Winter Games Venue Accessibility Improvements $85,000 Capital Project Reserve
Canada Winter Games Environmental Venue Improvements $150,000 Capital Project Reserve
Canada Winter Games Venue Improvements – City Design and Infrastructure Standards $175,000 Capital Project Reserve