Grant provides rubber flooring for Great Chief Park improvement project

The City of Red Deer has received a $26,845 grant that will be used to put rubber flooring made from recycled tires in part of the new pavilion building at Great Chief Park.

The rubber flooring will allow athletes to access the pavilion in their equipment, without damage to flooring or equipment, and will withstand the heavy use of sports cleats and skates.

The Great Chief Park Enhancement Project includes a new artificial turf field with a long-track speed skating oval that will be built over the turf during the winter months. The project will also include a new pavilion building and general site improvements such as parking and maintenance facilities.

The grant is from Alberta Recycling through the 2017 Municipal Demonstration Grant Program. Since the program began, 100 million tires have been recycled.

“Building environmentally friendly amenities at Great Chief Park is one of our top priorities, and this grant from Alberta Recycling allows us to do that literally from the ground up,” Curtis Martinek, project superintendent, said in a release.

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