This winter, The City of Red Deer conducted a review of indoor and outdoor ice facilities to guide future decision making for ice rinks in our city.
Using a number of research efforts, including research on provincial and national sport and leisure trends, leading practices, benchmarking with other municipalities, utilization analysis, review of current practices and engagement with the public and ice user groups, an Ice Facilities Plan was developed, and will be presented to Council today.
“The Ice Facilities Plan was about developing a long term strategic framework to ensure ice facility priorities for our community were identified and planned,” said Shelley Gagnon, Recreation, Parks and Culture Manager. “We needed to understand the current and long term needs as our community grows and changes so that we have a sustainable plan for both ice rinks and programming now and in the future.”
In person surveys were conducted with individual skaters and ice user groups to understand current and future needs related to spontaneous access to public skating and recreational programming. An online survey was also posted on The City’s website earlier this year.
The study assessed current indoor and outdoor ice rink use, considered the state of existing infrastructure, and using both the research and the consultation feedback, the Ice Facilities Plan provides recommendations for when and where The City should focus future facility development and service delivery.
“We now have validated baseline principles that will allow us to develop facilities that balance long-term resident and visitor interest, enhance quality of life for citizens and create economic benefit for Red Deer,” said Gagnon.
The City thanks all residents and groups who participated in the information gathering process. Council will be asked to accept the Ice Facilities Plan as a planning tool today at the City Council regular meeting.
For more information, contact:
Recreation, Parks and Culture Manager
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer