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Interactive water features closures and alternatives this summer

May 11, 2016 10:50 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

As part of The City of Red Deer’s sustainable, long-term planning for outdoor recreation, a number of outdoor water features will not be open this season while The City works to repair or revitalize the sites. 

Discovery Canyon will be closed the entire 2016 season for major enhancement work on the beach, streambed, picnic area, playground, parking lot and entrance road. Rotary Recreation Park wading pool will remain permanently closed due to ongoing maintenance issues. Centennial Plaza Park fountain is closed pending site redesign and redevelopment starting 2017.   

“We’re committed to providing the best outdoor recreation experience possible,” says Barb McKee, Recreation Superintendent. “That means working to meet our community’s growing needs with enhanced facilities that are truly great gathering spaces. We encourage everyone to try out some of the facilities already open for the summer, such as Bower Ponds and the Blue Grass Sod Farm Central Spray and Play at Rotary Recreation Park.” 

Dewinterizing is well underway at Kin Kanyon spray fountain and at the Recreation Centre outdoor pool, both of which are scheduled to open June 1, weather permitting. The Blue Grass Sod Farm Central Spray and Play has already opened and is operating extended hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. when temperatures are 18 degrees Celsius or higher. 

Indoor water facilities are always available and include the Recreation Centre, G.H. Dawe Community Centre, the Collicutt Centre, and the Michener Aquatic Centre. 

For more information, visit Specific information on City of Red Deer outdoor water features may be found at


For more information, please contact:

Barb McKee
Recreation Supervisor, Recreation Parks & Culture
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer



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