City Hall Park

City Hall Park is an ornamental park located directly west of City Hall. The park hosts 100,000 lights in the Christmas season and 40,000 annuals every year in a variation of colours and patterns in the summer.

Winter Lights in the Park

Overhead image of City Hall Park lights
image of lit City Hall park spruce trees
image of City Hall Park lights with focus on the bushes

After our annual Red Deer Lights the Night event, the lights at City Hall Park will be on every night from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. seven days a week until the second week in January. The light show on the corner of City Hall will play music and lights will flash every night from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. daily. There are over 92,000 light bulbs that light City Hall Park. There are approximately 168 pole decorations in the downtown as well.

History

City Hall Park

City Hall Park dates back to 1902. A legal dispute dragged on for more than a decade before the property was finally awarded to the town. From 1914 to 1924 the park was used primarily for recreation purposes, such as ice skating in the winter and baseball in the summer. In 1943 the Elks Club built a paddling pool on the northeast corner of the park. The original City Hall sat along Ross Street just west of the pool.

In 1949, Park Superintendent, Hugh Gilchrist, drew up plans for an ornamental area at the west end of the park. In 1964 a new City Hall was built and the park was expanded to include the site of the old City Hall.

In 1964 a public library opened on the south side of the park.

Summer in the Park

Picture of Flowers in City Hall Park
Picture of flowers in City Hall Park
picture of flowers found in Zone 6 of City Hall Park

Pollinator Park

City Hall Park is a City dedicated pollinator park. This initiative protects both native and planted habitat specifically for native pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, beetles and hummingbirds. In these parks especially, there is no spraying for weeds or insect pests, grass is left a little longer, and the edges between grass and forest are more ragged - perfect for pollinators!

Please visit the Pollinator Park webpage for more information.

News & Notices

Highland Green Meet your Neighbours...

November 16, 2017

Highland Green residents are encouraged to drop in to the Meet your Neighbours gathering tonight, Thursday, November 16, 2017 anytime from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre.