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City provides update on 2019 Canada Winter Games projects

June 23, 2017 11:03 AM
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(Red Deer, Alberta)

With the 2019 Canada Winter Games less than two years away, The City of Red Deer provided an update on the capital projects that are underway as we prepare to host the Games.

The new facilities will leave Red Deer with new and improved recreational and cultural amenities, increasing our sport hosting capabilities and benefiting the overall community.  The projects include:

  • The Great Chief Park Enhancement Project (opening early 2018):
    • A new 400m speed skating oval/artificial sports field and new pavilion building are under construction.
    • Great Chief Park will host long track speed skating during the Games.
  • River Bend Golf and Recreation Area enhancements (to be completed early 2018):
    • Trail enhancements are underway, as well as a renovated biathlon range and new stadium area.
    • River Bend will host cross country skiing and biathlon during the Games.
  • Canada Games Celebration Plaza (construction to begin this fall):
    • The new Canada Games Celebration Plaza will be constructed on the grounds of the historic Central Elementary School located downtown. After the Games, the building will become a legacy cultural centre. 
  • Canyon Ski Resort upgrades (to be completed in 2018):
    • Upgrades include run widening and terrain enhancements.
    • Canyon Ski Resort will host freestyle skiing and snowboarding during the Games.
  • Canada Games Legacy Facility
    • The City of Red Deer is pleased to be a contributing partner, along with the Province of Alberta, Red Deer College and private donors to the construction of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

The new Servus Arena, although not a Games project, is currently under construction and will host men’s and women’s hockey during the 2019 Games.

“The 2019 Canada Winter Games are forecast to generate an economic impact of more than $132 million for Red Deer, however, the benefits extend well beyond 2019,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Red Deer will be left with national-level sporting facilities, an enhanced profile, and momentum to host future sporting events. We are already realizing the benefits of these infrastructure investments in our local economy.”

"The on-going support of The City of Red Deer ensures that a legacy of world-class facilities remains in Central Alberta following the 2019 Canada Winter Games," said Lyn Radford, 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society Board Chair. "This is our moment to welcome the nation and these new and upgraded facilities will help us deliver a life-shaping Games experience for all participants."  

For more information about the projects underway, visit reddeer.ca/2019.

For more information, contact:

Shelley Gagnon
Recreation, Parks & Culture Manager
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8165

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

Christina Verticchio
Manager, Marketing & Communications
2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society
403-597-3200

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