River Bend Golf and Recreation Area Master Plan

The City of Red Deer has begun a process to develop a 20-year Master Plan for the River Bend Golf and Recreation Area.
River Bend 700 x 400 Survey

Phase Four Update – September 20, 2022

As a part of the River Bend Golf and Recreation Area Master Plan project, The City of Red Deer has committed to bringing a draft plan back to the public before it is finalized.

Over the last number of months, with the help of a consultant, we have involved the community through a variety of public engagement methods. During the course of the public engagement process, we heard from hundreds of Red Deerians who connected with us in one of the following ways:

  • In Person (virtual) sessions with community groups, site stakeholders, and area residents
  • Online survey
  • River Bend Golf and Recreation Society Board sessions
  • A Council workshop
  • An open call for anyone in the community who wanted to provide feedback

City of Red Deer administration continues to review the draft plan with the consultant who will provide expertise as the process continues. At this time, we are asking for those who have contributed to the public engagement process, and new voices, to review the draft plan and let us know your thoughts.

Did we hear you correctly? Does this plan resonate with you?  

Review the executive summary and the full draft plan here

Now that you’ve reviewed the draft plan, we invite you to answer a few short questions relating to it. The information we collect through this review process will be considered, along with the expertise of City staff and City Council as the plan is finalized.

Take the survey

Would you like to participate one of our Public Feedback Sessions? Register below:

  • October 5 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.  
  • October 6 from 6 - 7:15 p.m. 

Pre-registration is required by visiting the links above.

About the project

River Bend Golf and Recreation Area (known also as River Bend) is located on 30 Avenue, north of 67 Street. The land is owned by The City of Red Deer and is operated by the River Bend Golf & Recreation Society. This site currently offers the following amenities: River Bend Golf Course, wooded hiking trails, Discovery Canyon, canoeing and fishing, cross country skiing and boat access to the Red Deer River.

The River Bend Golf and Recreation Master Plan will establish a 20-year site vision, identifying guiding principles and actionable strategies to optimize the site with the broadest and most impactful community benefit in mind. The Plan will identify trends in sport, recreation, the natural environment, and consider new and emerging needs, interests, and opportunities while balancing fiduciary responsibilities.

Providing the community and stakeholders with opportunities to share their thoughts and ideas toward a future vision for River Bend Golf and Recreation Area is an important part of the project.

In April and May, 2022, we hosted a series of workshops and online surveys to hear from citizens and stakeholders to understand not only how they use River Bend today, but also what their aspirations and vision for River Bend in the future. Results of those consultations will be shared with the public when available.

Project Timeline

We are currently in Phase 4 of this project.

River Bend Golf & Recreation Area Master Plan Project Timeline

River Bend Golf & Recreation Area Master Plan Project Timeline (pdf)