City, college, Canada Winter Games society formalize partnership

The City of Red Deer, Red Deer College and the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society have officially signed up to do their part to work together to prepare for the largest event is the city’s history.

The City of Red Deer, Red Deer College and the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society have officially signed up to do their part to work together to prepare for the largest event is the city’s history.

On Wednesday, they signed an agreement to formalize their partnership for the 2019 event and also renamed Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness and Sport at Red Deer College as the games signature legacy facility.

From now on it will be called Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Construction is underway on the $88-million centre that will feature an Olympic-sized ice surface, gymnasium, fitness area, squash courts, an indoor track and teaching and learning spaces.

RDC president Joel Ward said the college’s existing gymnasium was built in 1963 and there have never been ice surfaces on campus.

“Our athletic teams win national championships every year — we’ve never been able to host. This will now allow us to host national events, national tournaments, for the 150 colleges across Canada and it bring people and profile to our region,” Ward said.

OVERSET FOLLOWS:“In 2018, we’ll be hosting national championships even before the Canada Winter Games to break in the facilities. It puts the city, it puts the region, it puts the college on the map nationally.”

Lyn Radford, host society board chair, said one of the conditions of getting the games is that a facility be named after the games.

“It comes along with a contribution. The games will contribute $5 million and the city will contribute $6.5 million to (Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre) so $11. 5 million between the two of us is a significant contribution.”

The 2019 Canada Winter Games will include 19 sports and numerous events and festivals. Over 2,400 athletes, 500 officials, 450 media outlets, 700 VIPs and 20,000 visitors will come to Red Deer.

City manager Craig Curtis said the games will be the largest multi-sport and cultural event in Alberta since the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

“Planning and hosting the 2019 Canada Winter Games will create significant economic, social and cultural benefits within Red Deer, Red Deer County and the whole of Central Alberta,” Curtis said.

“The games are expected to generate an economic impact of over $132 million.”

Mayor Tara Veer said the city entered a new era of ground-breaking and game-changing partnership on Wednesday.

“History will one day acknowledge the moment that Red Deer won the 2019 Games as our community’s defining moment. But it will also acknowledge the community legacy from the games, the Gary W. Harris Centre for Health Wellness, and sport as a defining shift for our national identity.”

szielinski@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

One strong wind leaves years of replanting work for Red Deer parks staff

High visibility boulevards already replanted, neighbourhood work starts next year

Red Deer-area indigenous filmmakers invited to apply for $20,000 grant

Storyhive launches Indigenous Storyteller Edition

Restaurant closed after compliance team patrol

Public Safety Compliance Team checked eight bars and restaurants on Oct. 19

Red Deerians await local cannabis stores

So far 31 stores in Alberta awarded licence to operate

Rimbey RCMP seek missing man with health concerns

Has anyone seen Bill Harris of Ponka County?

WATCH: Make-A-Wish grants Star Wars loving teen’s wish

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Anakin Suerink’s wish in Red Deer Saturday afternoon

Local Sports: Rudy Soffo valuable to Kings on the court

When Rudy Soffo first saw the RDC basketball Kings roster he was… Continue reading

Except for 1 kick, Saints, Ravens are evenly matched

BALTIMORE — In a matchup between the league’s highest-scoring offence and top-ranked… Continue reading

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets a top award for comedy

WASHINGTON — After a 35-year acting career and with two iconic television… Continue reading

Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West enter Country Music Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE — Bluegrass and country star Ricky Skaggs, singer Dottie West and… Continue reading

AP Exclusive: Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, thesis for sale

LONDON — Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration… Continue reading

Canada deemed U.S. a safe country for asylum seekers after internal review

OTTAWA — Canadian immigration officials have determined that the United States remains… Continue reading

Bombardier sues Mitsubishi over alleged theft of aircraft trade secrets

MONTREAL — Bombardier is suing Mitsubishi Aircraft in the United States over… Continue reading

Three strong earthquakes reported in Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island

Three relatively strong earthquakes were recorded Sunday night in the Pacific Ocean… Continue reading

Most Read