Home front — May 31

Red Deer elementary age children will have the opportunity on Saturday to put their bicycle skills to the test.

Annual Bike Roadeo

Red Deer elementary age children will have the opportunity on Saturday to put their bicycle skills to the test. The annual Bike Roadeo begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. at the Kinsmen Community Arenas, says City of Red Deer program leader Helen Sevcik. Hosted by the city and Better Biking Red Deer, the children have all finished in the top three of their respective grades during their individual school roadeos, Sevcik said. The Piper Creek Optimist Club is a major sponsor of the event. The roadeo gives children a chance to work together in find-tuning their bike safety skills just in time for summer while hoping to win one of several nifty prizes, said Suzanne Jubb, community and program facilitator.


Name that district contest

A Red Deer resident may get the chance to have their name etched in the city’s history if they are selected to name a downtown district. Angus Schaffenburg, city planning manager, said a name the district contest will be launched on Thursday. The area in question is the old rail yards, which is envisioned as a vibrant mixed use area with an emphasis on high-density urban living. The city will collect name ideas until the fall, then three name submissions will be selected by city council for the public to vote on. The current name of the rail yards is also a possibility, Schaffenberg said. The area is bounded to the north by the Red Deer River, Ross Street/Taylor Drive to the south and 51st Avenue/Gaetz Avenue to the east. An open house to discuss future development is set for June 14 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Anglican Church. Contest entries can be emailed to planning@reddeer.ca.


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