Karl Jonas of Westar Masonry in Red Deer applies stonework to the restaurant at Heritage Ranch. Renovation to the building which includes a new commercial kitchen should be complete by the end of the month said Heritage Ranch operator Joel Martens. Along with the new kitchen a new chef will provide an expanded menu with an international ranch theme and a full-time baker will be providing baked goods

Heritage Ranch renovations on track

Upgrades to the Heritage Ranch visitors centre are on budget and on schedule. The $1-million renovation will transform the facility, with the bulk of the work to include significant upgrades to the kitchen.

Upgrades to the Heritage Ranch visitors centre are on budget and on schedule.

The $1-million renovation will transform the facility, with the bulk of the work to include significant upgrades to the kitchen.

Curtis Martinek, City of Red Deer project specialist, said the goal of these renovations is to make the facility more financially sustainable.

“The operator out there relies on the cafeteria area for a lot of their revenue,” said Martinek. “This is hopefully going to improve their ability to be more financially sustainable.”

Work began on the renovations on Jan. 14 and is scheduled to be completed by May 31.

“It’s probably two-thirds of the building will look refreshed,” said Martinek.

The upgrades to the kitchen will transform it from a residential style to a commercial level kitchen and add 35-square-metres to the existing cooking area. There will also be new washroom facilities and a new entrance.

The upgrades will tie the ranch and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame onto city services. Previously, they were on their own septic and water well services, but now they will be attached to the city services, saving them some money.

“We’re in the finishing stage right now,” said Martinek. “Paint, flooring and new kitchen equipment is coming in.”

Martinek said the building is 30 years old and in need of an facelift.

When the project went to tender, they had to cut back some of the work they wanted to do, including upgrading the dining room. Shunda Consulting and Construction Management Ltd. was awarded the $1-million contract.

Though the visitors centre is closed during this project the trails are open. As is the hay bale maze that opened on April 23.

The project should be completed by May 31, with the renovated centre opening on June 1.


Just Posted

Carbon tax, desk-thumping on agenda in upcoming Alberta legislature session

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s government heads to the legislature this… Continue reading

Money laundering report a wake-up call for Canada, but some provinces skeptical

VANCOUVER — The authors of a report that found $47 billion was… Continue reading

More women, few minorities: Docs detail results of Liberal patronage overhaul

OTTAWA — The Liberal government’s overhaul of the patronage system has led… Continue reading

1,200 runners came out to Woody’s RV Marathon in Red Deer

Red Deer’s Matthew Hope ran in the Woody’s RV World Marathon for… Continue reading

Two men steal 16 year old’s car at gunpoint in Alberta

RCMP are looking for two men who allegedly produced a handgun and… Continue reading

WATCH: First Red Deer Market of 2019

The event is held every Saturday in the Servus Arena parking lot

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

Five NDP votes in Labrador to determine status of N.L. Liberal government

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The deciding seat in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Liberal… Continue reading

Vancouver Aquarium files civil claim suing city and park board over cetacean ban

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Aquarium is suing the city and park board… Continue reading

Diplomat, peacekeeper: Saskatchewan First Nation awaits Poundmaker exoneration

When Milton Tootoosis thinks about the planned exoneration of Chief Poundmaker, he… Continue reading

Trump’s EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

BOKOSHE, Okla. — Susan Holmes’ home, corner store and roadside beef jerky… Continue reading

Ford is cutting 7,000 white-collar jobs

DETROIT — Ford is cutting about 7,000 white-collar jobs, which would make… Continue reading

Speaker stuns Morehouse grads, to pay off $40M student debt

A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College… Continue reading

Unions increasingly at odds over replacing troubled Phoenix pay system

OTTAWA — The federal team charged with finding a replacement for the… Continue reading

Most Read