Hundreds of Red Deerians celebrated the opening of Setters Place at Great Chief Park today.
Guests at today’s opening event took part in the outdoor fun with skating and snowshoeing, kids’ crafts and games and entertainment for all ages.
Construction of Setters Place began in Fall 2017, and was completed in January 2018. Setters Place features a three storey modern pavilion building overlooking the Red Deer River and brand new synthetic sports field regulation sized for both soccer and football. During the winter months, a 400m outdoor speed skating oval is constructed on top of the field, which will host long track speed skating during the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Other enhancements include outdoor event space, a new maintenance garage, additional lighting and improvements to the parking lot to allow for bus drop-off.
The federal government, as part of funding of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, contributed $3 million to the construction of Setters Place. The City of Red Deer thanks the Government of Canada for their commitment and investment in Red Deer.
“I’m thrilled that our Government supported the City of Red Deer and invested in this premier outdoor sports facility,” said the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. “Sport helps improve the health and well-being of Canadians and brings communities together. When we invest in sport and recreation, we invest in our communities. With the 2019 Canada Winter Games just over a year away, I’m confident Red Deer will be ready to welcome athletes and coaches from across Canada to celebrate sport excellence.”
“The addition of Setters Place transforms Great Chief Park into a four-season park,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Sport building is community building, and today’s opening of Setters Place positions Red Deer as an emerging sports tourism destination, while also moving our City one step closer to hosting the 2019 Canada Winter Games, which made this project possible in the first place.”
“We are thrilled to officially open Setters Place - one of our community’s newest recreational amenities,” said Shelley Gagnon, Manager of Recreation, Parks and Culture. “Many of our local sport organizations and teams will call Setters Place their home, and through the envisioning process for this project, these groups eagerly came to the table to help in the design of a space that would meet their needs both individually and collectively.”
Constructing facilities with environment top of mind is priority for The City of Red Deer, and Setters Place is no exception. Where possible, materials were re-used, such as the benches from the former Red Deer Arena that were refurbished and used as benching inside the dressing rooms at Setters Place. Wood from trees in the parking lot were salvaged and used to create the unique counter top and feature wall on the second floor of the pavilion.
The City of Red Deer partnered with Alberta Recycling to repurpose recycled tires to be used as the rubber matting on the first floor of the pavilion.
“The City of Red Deer demonstrates its commitment to protecting the environment by using a recycled tire product that will set an example for thousands of residents, visitors and athletes during the 2019 Winter Games and beyond” said Caroline McAuley, Chair of Alberta Recycling, Caroline McAuley. “Albertans have recycled 109 million tires to date, enough to wrap around the world twice. Environmental fees paid when purchasing new tires benefit communities such as Red Deer by bringing scrap tires back full circle in the form of this innovative product.”
In December 2017, JT Setters and Sons signed on as the name sponsor for this new area within Great Chief Park, making the name Setters Place.
More information is available online at reddeer.ca/settersplace.
For more information, please contact:
Manager, Recreation Parks and Culture
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer