Work on Red Deer’s G.H. Dawe Community Centre expansion/ upgrading project is expected to begin this spring. (Advocate file photo).

Work on Red Deer’s G.H. Dawe Community Centre expansion/ upgrading project is expected to begin this spring. (Advocate file photo).

G.H. Dawe Centre $43M upgrading project to begin this spring

G.H. Dawe Community Centre’s $43-million expansion and modernization project kicks off this spring.

Council previously approved the project in the 2021 Capital Budget. Enhancements include new fitness and programming areas, an outdoor spray park and washrooms, and an additional ice surface and improved existing rinks.

The modernization/improvement of the G.H. Dawe Community Centre focuses on areas of the facility, which were not upgraded as part of the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Revitalization Project in 2008: Modernization of the existing ice surface to NHL standard size and twinning of existing arena. Parking lots entrances will be realigned to improve traffic flow. A north-side entrance/exit will be created for the facility, as well as barrier-free access to amenities.

“Proceeding with the G.H. Dawe Community Centre project right now enables us to benefit from cost advantages, while stimulating our local economy at a time when our community needs it most,” said Sarah Tittemore, community services general manager.

“The project will work to provide as many opportunities as possible to engage qualified local contractors at a time when it is needed the most.”

Starting later this week, contractors will begin to mobilize equipment on the site, with office trailers moved into place, and safety fencing set-up. Full site preparation will begin near the end of May.

The contractor anticipates beginning underground service work between June and July. Facility demolition will also begin in preparation for the project tie-ins.

Any disruptions to programs and activities on the site will be posted, and summer programming, including day camps and fitness activities, will be transitioned to another facility for the duration of interruptions.

For more information about the G.H. Dawe Community Centre project, visit www.reddeer.ca/daweproject

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