The City of Red Deer wants to know how to transform Centennial Park Plaza into a sustainable space that connects people and places in our community, while ensuring it is a safe and accessible space that people want to visit and use.
“We have such a great opportunity with the redevelopment of Centennial Plaza Park to really find out what kinds of things the community would like to see in a park like this,” said Dave Matthews, Parks Planning & Technical Services Supervisor. “The future of this park is truly in the hands of the public, and we can’t wait to see what they think.”
Centennial Plaza Park, located on 52 Avenue between 45 Street and 48 Street, was originally developed in 2001 to celebrate the Province of Alberta’s Centennial. Much of the park was completed by 2004 and the Historic Arches on the south side of the park were added in 2007 and 2008. A washroom facility was constructed in 2010.
This community space currently includes an outdoor wading pool with spray fountains, a washroom facility, trails, irrigated landscape and a public art feature. The Historic Arches, now enhanced with historical plaques, along with the Michener Fountain have produced an interpretative area recognizing the significance of railroads to the history of downtown Red Deer.
“The need for revitalization arose due to infrastructural concerns and the approaching end of its lifecycle,” said Matthews. “Earlier this year City Council approved funding for a redevelopment plan, and we are going to base the plan on what the public says they want.”
There will be several opportunities to provide feedback to The City, starting this week with an on-site kiosk being set up in Centennial Plaza Park.
“Residents will be able to come directly to the site to get information about the project and provide feedback at a time that works for them,” said Matthews.
The kiosk will be open 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., from September 22 through October 4.
A public event will be held on-site on Thursday, October 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. City staff and consultants will also be out on the streets for the next several weeks asking questions and gathering input.
For more information about the project and all the opportunities to provide feedback, visit www.reddeer.ca/centennialpark.
For more information, please contact:
Parks Planning & Technical Services Supervisor
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer