Bower Ponds opens Saturday, just in time for heat

Bower Ponds, one of Red Deer’s most popular leisure locations, reopens Saturday, May 11. A forecast for of 25C on Saturday and 30C on Sunday coincides with the Bower Ponds’ Pavilion concession and boat rentals opening. The public can rent paddle boats, kayaks and canoes. Boat rental services close one hour prior to dusk and during poor weather. For information and rental rates, call 403-318-6298.

Bower Ponds, one of Red Deer’s most popular leisure locations, reopens Saturday, May 11.

A forecast for of 25C on Saturday and 30C on Sunday coincides with the Bower Ponds’ Pavilion concession and boat rentals opening.

The public can rent paddle boats, kayaks and canoes. Boat rental services close one hour prior to dusk and during poor weather. For information and rental rates, call 403-318-6298.

Facility space within the Bower Ponds Pavilion can be booked for small gatherings and special events and the Bower Ponds stage can be booked for use by the community.

Those interested in bringing their events to Bower Ponds can call 403-309-8411 for booking information and rates.

People are reminded not to feed the waterfowl.

“We know that many of the visitors to Bower Ponds like to feed bread to the birds,” said Deb Comfort, Neighbourhood Facilities and Community Development supervisor. “However, the bread is very bad for the birds because they cannot digest it properly, and feeding them increases the risk of aggressive behaviours toward people, especially young children.”

Facility hours at Bower Ponds are as follows:

• May 11 to June 30 — weekdays: 4:30 to 9 p.m.; weekends/holidays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• July 1 to Aug. 31 — weekdays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; weekends/holidays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• Sept. 1 to 30 — weekdays: 4:30 to 8 p.m.; weekends/holidays: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, call the Bower Ponds information line at 403-347-9777.