Red Deer’s G.H. Dawe Centre to be closed for seven weeks this spring

Library access will still be available

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 Deer’s G.H. Dawe Community Centre will close from May 1-June 25 for construction.

During the closure, the pool, gym, preschool areas, childminding, fitness and meeting rooms will not be available.

But access to the Dawe branch of the Red Deer Public Library will be maintained throughout construction.

The facility is expected to re-open on June 26, with some exceptions:

• The Fitness Room will be unavailable; some fitness equipment will be temporarily moved to the “mall area” until the grand opening of the centre’s new health and wellness spaces in 2023. (Use of this equipment will require a daily admission or monthly pass).

• Playing surfaces in the arena will not be available until construction is complete early in 2023.

Some programs that operate from the Dawe will be available elsewhere. Outdoor fitness and aquatic programs will be partially accommodated at the Recreation Centre, Michener Aquatic Centre and the Collicutt Centre, as well as Setters Place and Servus Arena. Please check program registration for location information.

The closure is needed as part of the ongoing work to upgrade G.H. Dawe Community Centre.

Some of the changes that will result from this Dawe Centre upgrade are: Two NHL standard ice surfaces, expanded fitness area, outdoor spray park with washrooms, accessible change space and pool deck party room, an additional north entrance site access from 67 Street and extra parking spots.

For more information about the Dawe project and the closure, please visit reddeer.ca/DaweProject.

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