Red Deer’s two MLAs joined Parkland Cross-Country Ski members and acting mayor Lawrence Lee (left) at a cheque presentation at River Bend Golf Course. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

WATCH: River Bend Trails get lighting, enhancements with $200,000 from province

“Exciting” improvements will last beyond Canada Winter Games, say organizers

Four-km of trail lighting and other enhancements are being done to Red Deer’s River Bend Trails with a $200,000 grant from the provincial government.

This is “critical” to the Canada Winter Games, which will hold biathlon and cross-country ski events at River Bend Golf Course in February and March of 2019.

It will also will greatly benefit the Parkland Cross-Country Ski Club, which will be able to host national-level competitions in future, said club president Tom Marr-Laing.

But he believes all Central Albertans will gain from these improvements in years to come — including fat-tire bike racers, mountain bike racers, competitive runners, and “who know what else will emerge over time.”

Red Deer North MLA Kim Schreiner was thrilled to present the grant on behalf of Alberta Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda on Wednesday morning.

“We are proud to join the Parkland Cross-Country Ski Club and people of this community in supporting trail enhancements with the Community Facility Enhancement Grant,” she said.

The improvements will “showcase our city” during the 2019 Games, and remain as a legacy, Schreiner added.

Red Deer’s acting mayor, Lawrence Lee, said any investment in Red Deer’s parks and trails system is a great investment for the community.

“This is a jewel for any person to come to,” added Brian Miller, general-manager of River Bend Golf Course, of the re-developed four-seasons park.

The $200,000 will also help complete the trail system, including adding some permanent snow-making infrastructure.

About $750,000 worth of work has been done to the site, so far — from constructing a building for Game timers, to creating a national quality flat “stadium” site needed for the start and finish of competitions.

Marr-Laing said the biathlon range was doubled in size, and about five kilometres of renovated trails were also developed.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Brian Miller, general-manager of River Bend Golf Course. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Just Posted

WATCH: Red Deer residents protest for more equal family court treatment

Despite unfavourable weather, Matias Battauz was “stoked” to have three other people… Continue reading

First-come first-serve for Red Deer’s 35 cannabis retail licences

Starting July 11, interested businesses can get their application started

Central Alberta school divisions to support rural students through agreement

Wolf Creek to bring Enhanced Learning Model courses to Clearview schools

WATCH: Red Deer Catholic students re-envision a local wetland for school project

Father Henri Voisin Grade 3 teacher introduces ‘real-life’-based education

Manslaughter charge stayed against Maskwacis man

Man was accused of manslaughter in connection with the death of his mother in 2015

WATCH: Red Deer Catholic students re-envision a local wetland for school project

Father Henri Voisin Grade 3 teacher introduces ‘real-life’-based education

PHOTOS: Red Deer, Central Alberta kids get their chance to compete in Woody’s Triathlon

The kids of steel Woody’s Triathlon saw kids between the ages of… Continue reading

US moves 100 coffins to inter-Korean border for war remains

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — The U.S. military said it moved 100… Continue reading

First lady’s ‘don’t care’ jacket is a gift to memers online

NEW YORK — I really don’t care, do u? Perhaps one day… Continue reading

From boat makers to farmers, US-led tariff war inflicts pain

WASHINGTON — A Florida boat builder absorbs $4 million in lost business… Continue reading

Vatican convicts ex-diplomat of child porn distribution

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican tribunal on Saturday convicted a former Holy… Continue reading

Charges dropped against Alberta property owner in rural shooting

OKOTOKS, Alta. — All charges have been dropped against a man accused… Continue reading

China blocks John Oliver on social media after scathing show

BEIJING — A popular Chinese social media site is censoring discussion of… Continue reading

Most Red Deer Advocate readers would call police when witnessing a crime

An overwhelming number of Advocate readers would call the police if they… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month