City to decide on Winter Games bid

Red Deer city council will weigh making a bid for the 2016 Alberta Winter Games on Monday.

Red Deer city council will weigh making a bid for the 2016 Alberta Winter Games on Monday.

City administration is not backing the application.

Instead city staffers say council should focus its energies on considering a bid for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

The Alberta Winter Games are held very two years. More than 2,800 athletes, coaches and technical officials will participate in the games.

The Canada Winter and Summer Games alternate every two years, and each province and territory takes their turn.

The last time Alberta hosted the Canada Games was the Winter Games in Grande Prairie in 1995.

An estimated 120,000 visitors are expected to attend over 17 days of competition.

The economic impact for Red Deer of hosting the 2006 Alberta Summer Games for three days was $12 million.