In late February, approximately 0.4 acres of trees were removed from the G.H. Dawe Community Centre grounds in order to prepare the site for coming underground utility work. To accommodate for the trees lost, The City contributed $67,750 to a Public Reserve Trust Fund aimed at protecting and enhancing green spaces in other areas of the city.
GH Dawe Community Centre Expansion
The G.H. Dawe Community Centre Expansion project was approved in principle as part of the 2021-2029 Capital Plan. The G.H. Dawe Community Centre Expansion project is intended to ensure The City can continue to meet our community’s recreation and fitness needs into the future. The Kinex Arena is nearing the end of its lifespan and the G.H. Dawe Community Centre has been prioritized as a replacement ice surface to ensure that we continue to meet current service levels in the number of ice surfaces available to the community.
In November 2019, City Council approved $5 million for site servicing as part of 2020 Capital Budget deliberations. This work will involve relocating underground utilities including water, sewer and telephone, as well as relocation of a high-pressure gas line by ATCO. Site servicing will also affect existing playgrounds on both school sites. Two new playgrounds will be constructed to replace the existing aging playground infrastructure.
Construction for site servicing will impact the sports fields, including cricket, baseball and soccer, as well as some pedestrian trails. The City is working with site partners and community user groups to minimize the impact of this work as much as possible and to relocate sports activities, where possible.
2020 Construction Activities
Underground utility work is now underway and is expected to continue throughout the summer. In preparation for future facility expansion, this work is required to realign the existing high-pressure gas line, water and wastewater sewer lines, and cable and telephone lines, which would otherwise be in the way of construction. Following construction, grounds will be resurfaced to allow for safe use by site partners and community members.
Playgrounds on both the G.H. Dawe School and St. Patrick’s Community School sites are being replaced as existing equipment was nearing the end of its lifespan. Two new playgrounds will be constructed over the summer, one for each school, after which the existing equipment will be removed.
Also happening this summer, but separate from the Dawe Expansion project: the south parking lot of the G.H. Dawe Community Centre will be be repaved. Construction began in early June and is expected to finish by the end of the summer.
This is a joint project, supported by Red Deer Public School Division and Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools and managed by The City of Red Deer.
The project includes removal and replacement of asphalt, updating of curb gutters and sidewalks, and removal of existing lighting and installation of new, improved lighting for the parking area.
Nearby residents may experience some construction noise during the project. Hours of construction are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
The G.H. Dawe Community Centre Expansion project was approved in principle as part of the 2021-2029 Capital Plan with construction tentatively slated for 2021-2022. Final budget allocations and project timelines will be determined as part of 2021 Capital Budget deliberations in Fall 2020. Council has confirmed that project approval will be dependant upon The City receiving grant funding from the Federal and Provincial governments.
The proposed expansion includes:
- Two NHL-sized ice surfaces (includes replacing the existing ice surface and building one new ice surface) which will be accessible for sports like sledge hockey. Each surface will also have additional supporting spaces.
- Improved and expanded fitness space including a 219m running track.
- A new outdoor spray park with dedicated washroom and change space.
- Improved access to the facility, including a new right-in, right-out access to eastbound 67 Street.
- New entrance on the north side of the building.
- Enhanced parking on the north side of the building.
The following images include tentative floor plans as part of project planning. Site amenities in the proposed expansion are subject to funding and will be confirmed during budget deliberations.