GH Dawe Community Centre Expansion
What changes are included in the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project?
The proposed project, as outlined in the project description of the Capital Budget as well as the grant application includes:
- modernization (replacement) of the existing ice surface to NHL standards
- addition of a second ice surface
- addition of a north entrance to the building
- site access off of 67 Street
- improved site traffic flow
- additional parking on the north side of the site
- site servicing
- expansion of fitness/programming space (including a running track)
- an outdoor spray park and washroom facility on the northeast quadrant of the property.
Twinning of an additional second ice surface at the G.H. Dawe Community would trigger the decommissioning of the Kinex Arena, which is reaching the end of its life. The addition of fitness and programming spaces increases the profitability of the overall operation.
What is the project timeline?
Construction is expected to start in May 2021. It is anticipated that the project will be complete by late 2022, with a planned opening for January 2023.
Preparation and pre-construction work for the project is already underway including:
- Detail design for the project is complete.
- Site servicing:
- The relocation of a high-pressure gas line by ATCO was completed in the summer of 2020.
- While it was our hope to complete all underground utility relocations in the summer of 2020, (i.e. utilities, water, sewer), this work was been postponed in an effort to maximize grant funding opportunities. Utility relocation work will continue in 2021.
- Playground replacements were completed in summer 2020. Two existing playgrounds needed at G.H. Dawes School and St. Patrick’s Community School were nearing the end of their lifespan and needed to be moved to accommodate the expansion project.
What is the cost of the project and how is it being funded?
At this time, the project is expected to cost $44 million. The project is being funded jointly by the federal, provincial and municipal government:
- $15.1 million from the Government of Canada through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
- $12.8 million from the Alberta Government through Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding.
- Red Deer City Council:
- In November 2018, City Council approved $2.469 million as part of the 2019 capital budget for detail design.
- In November 2019, City Council approved $5 million for site servicing as part of 2020 Capital Budget deliberations.
- In December 2020, City Council approved the 2021 and 2022 municipal portion of the project budget for $7.566 million, having approved $7.739 million in previous capital budgets.
Why was the G.H. Dawe Community Centre selected over other City recreation facilities?
With the Kinex Arena nearing the end of its useful life, the G.H. Dawe Community Centre project was prioritized in an effort to maintain the number of ice surfaces available to our community. It was prioritized in an effort to balance equitable ice distribution, geographical needs and recreation opportunities across Red Deer, while considering the need to provide flexible and unstructured activities in a sustainable way.
Will there be construction impacts?
Throughout construction, there will be limited impacts of services and amenities, with the exception of the ice surface. The arena will be closed for the duration of construction.
There may also be construction related impacts, such as noise, detours, road closures and parking lot disruption. As construction gets underway, we will work with the adjacent schools, residents and other stakeholders to share construction updates and related impacts.