Today an update on the Central Elementary School Revitalization Project and vision for the area was announced.
Central Elementary School is currently undergoing renovations until summer 2018 to meet current building codes and improve functionality while maintaining the historic façade of the building. After the 2019 Canada Winter Games, the building will be used for broader community and cultural programming, with The City’s Culture Services department being relocated to this site.
“We are preserving a heritage building in Red Deer’s downtown with the intent to re-purpose it into a vibrant community and cultural centre that is possible as a result of a partnership between the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society and Red Deer Public Schools to save this heritage resource,” said Mayor Tara Veer.
The 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society is currently using Central Elementary School as office space. On the west side of Central Elementary School, the Canada Games Celebration Plaza will be constructed. Consultation with nearby residents will happen prior to construction.
“We look forward to working with the City and the Red Deer community to fully realize the opportunities that the revitalization of Central Elementary School and Canada Games Celebration Plaza will create for the downtown core,” said Lyn Radford, Board Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society.
Recently City Council approved burying powerlines along 48 Avenue. Through a wider sidewalk, lighting, attractive landscaping, street furniture and pageantry, there will be improved pedestrian connectivity from this future cultural hub to Ross Street, City Hall and to downtown as a whole.
The City of Red Deer, the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society and Red Deer Public Schools With the agreement made between The City of Red Deer, Red Deer Public Schools and the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society, a heritage building in Red Deer’s downtown is being preserved and repurposed with the vision to create a vibrant community and cultural centre.
About The City of Red Deer: Red Deer, Alberta’s third largest city, is located in Central Alberta and is home to a diverse population of just under 100,000 people. Alberta’s busiest highway, the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, runs through the region and uniquely connects Red Deer as a centred city midway between the major cities of Edmonton and Calgary. We are home to one of the fastest growing economies in North America, and we’ve earned our reputation for entrepreneurialism - innovation is in our DNA. We work hard and making living easy. An active city rooted in an expansive park, in Red Deer, you’ll find balance like nowhere else. Our inclusive and diverse nature attracts those who appreciate a modern city that still retains its small world charm. Our attitude is all in, especially when it comes to building our community.
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About the 2019 Canada Winter Games: From February 15 until March 3, 2019, the eyes of the nation will be on Red Deer, Alberta as we host the 2019 Canada Winter Games - the largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth in Canada and the largest event to be hosted in Red Deer’s history. Featuring over 150 events in 19 sports and a major arts and cultural festival, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will welcome up to 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches and more than 100,000 spectators, with a forecasted economic impact of over $132 million. The 27th edition of the Canada Games, the 2019 Games is set to provide a stage for Canada’s next generation of national, international and Olympic champions to compete and will leave a legacy for athletic and leadership greatness in Red Deer and central Alberta. This is our moment.
For more information on the 2019 Games, please visit: canadagames.ca/2019 | twitter | facebook
For additional information, contact:
Director, Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
Manager, Marketing & Communications
2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society