Red Deer’s Discovery Canyon received an award recently. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer recognized as parks and recreation leader

Red Deer has been recognized as an Alberta parks and recreation leader.

Three local organizations won awards at the annual Alberta Recreation & Parks Association’s recent conference in Lake Louise.

The parks excellence award was won by the City of Red Deer. Its renovation of Discovery Canyon included repairs to infrastructure, installation of interprative signage, construction of new playgrounds and decks, and the addition of wheelchair accessible ramps to improve accessibility.

The legacy award recognizes achievements that advance integrated recreation opportunities for people with disabilities.

After identifying a lack of inclusive play structures, the Rotary Club of Red Deer Sunrise partnered with the city and Mattie McCullough Elementary School to create The Access for All Playground Project.

Capitalizing on the momentum of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, the Parkland Cross Country Ski Club identified a need for enhanced recreation trail systems at the River Bend Golf & Recreation Area.

The club raised more than $400,000 through donations and grants, which was used to widen trails, improve slopes, install lights and increase accessibility and safety for trail users.

The club recieved the A.V. Pettigrew Award, which recognizes communities that have contributed to the improvement of the quality of life of their citizens.



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