Public feedback sought for new programs at Red Deer’s G.H. Dawe Centre

The G.H. Dawe Community Centre in Red Deer is getting a twinned ice rink, spray park and other upgrades. (Advocate file photo).

The G.H. Dawe Community Centre in Red Deer is getting a twinned ice rink, spray park and other upgrades. (Advocate file photo).

Red Deerians are being asked to help shape the future of fitness at the Dawe Centre.

When the newly expanded G.H. Dawe Community Centre opens in early 2023, there will be many upgrades, including: Two NHL sized ice surfaces; expanded fitness areas, including a track and two fitness studios; an outdoor spray park with washrooms; fully accessible change space; a pool deck party room; dedicated preschool washrooms; an additional north entrance and site access from 67 Street; and more parking.

New fitness amenities and spaces bring an opportunity for new programs and services, and the City of Red Deer is looking for public input to plan programming that reflects community needs.

Residents are invited to share their ideas and suggestions for use of these fitness spaces through an online ideas wall and short survey: reddeer.mysocialpinpoint.ca/dawe

“While the design and layout of the spaces are finalized, we are now working to develop programs and services for these new fitness amenities,” said Barb McKee, Recreation Superintendent. “We want our programs to reflect the needs of the community, so it’s important that we understand the experience and outcomes Red Deerians want from fitness programs at the new G.H. Dawe Community Centre.”

Feedback will be collected until Nov. 29. A report back to the community will be available in early 2022 to share what we heard and how the feedback was used.

With the exception of the arena spaces, the G.H. Dawe Community Centre remains open during construction. Both drop-in and registered programs continue to be available. Facility information, including schedules, are available here.

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

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