Westerner Park

Red Deer’s Centrium is one of the Westerner Park facilities that will benefit from fundraisers and a new Westerner Foundation. (Advocate file photo)

Westerner Park fundraisers are planned, foundation formed

The Cowboy Kicks event will raise money for facility upgrades

 

Denver Leach stands upright in the push to the finish line during heat two on night two at the North American Pony Chuckwagons at Westerner Park in 2019. The event makes its return to Red Deer after it was cancelled in 2020. (File photo by Advocate Staff)

Chuckwagon association thrilled for return to Red Deer for Wagons at Westerner

North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships return to Red Deer Friday

 

FILE - Tracey Stott, of Olds, races in the pony chuckwagon event in 2019 as part of Westerner Days. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Chuckwagons return to Westerner Park

Wagons at Western runs July 23 to 25

 

Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen (left) and Peavey Industries president and CEO Doug Anderson announce a five-year agreement that will re-name the Centrium to the Peavey Mart Centrium. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Peavey Mart is the new title sponsor for Red Deer’s Centrium arena

Peavey Industries is pleased to invest in this community, says CEO

Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen (left) and Peavey Industries president and CEO Doug Anderson announce a five-year agreement that will re-name the Centrium to the Peavey Mart Centrium. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen announces this year’s Westerner Day Fair and Exposition has been cancelled during a media conference at the Harvest Centre Monday afternoon. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

2021 Westerner Days in Red Deer cancelled

This year’s Westerner Days Fair and Exposition has been cancelled. Westerner Park…

Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen announces this year’s Westerner Day Fair and Exposition has been cancelled during a media conference at the Harvest Centre Monday afternoon. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Brett Kissel will be part of the Cowboy Kicks fundraiser sponsored by MNP. (File photo THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power)

Brett Kissel performing at Cowboy Kicks fundraiser in Red Deer

Fundraiser raises money for Westerner Foundation

  • Jun 14, 2021
Brett Kissel will be part of the Cowboy Kicks fundraiser sponsored by MNP. (File photo THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power)
Pony chuckwagon events have been part of Westerner Days in the past. The 2021 fair is still anticipated to go ahead in some form, but Westerner Park organizers are still waiting for confirmation of Stage 3 reopening in Alberta. (Advocate file photo)

Red Deer County should do more to financially support Westerner Park: shareholder

Michael Donlevy is disappointed by the county’s refusal of a $1M grant request

Pony chuckwagon events have been part of Westerner Days in the past. The 2021 fair is still anticipated to go ahead in some form, but Westerner Park organizers are still waiting for confirmation of Stage 3 reopening in Alberta. (Advocate file photo)
Oktoberfest 2021 is scheduled for Oct. 2 at Westerner Park. (Black Press file photo)
Oktoberfest 2021 is scheduled for Oct. 2 at Westerner Park. (Black Press file photo)
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. The federal government says it does not believe COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Canada will be affected by export restrictions being considered by the European Union. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. The federal government says it does not believe COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Canada will be affected by export restrictions being considered by the European Union. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen is looking for $1 million in hopes of receiving a matching provincial grant to replace the Centrium’s ice making and climate control machinery. Red Deer County turned down a grant request on Tuesday. (Photo contributed)

Red Deer’s Westerner Park goes to Plan B to find $2 million for upgrades

Westerner Park seeking $1 million to apply for a matching provincial grant

Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen is looking for $1 million in hopes of receiving a matching provincial grant to replace the Centrium’s ice making and climate control machinery. Red Deer County turned down a grant request on Tuesday. (Photo contributed)
The Red Deer Rebels celebrate a win, without fans in the stands during a WHL game this season. Red Deer County turned down on Tuesday a $1 million request form Westerner Park to go towards a $2.1 million project to upgrade the Centrium. (File photo by Advocate Staff)

Red Deer County turns down $1 million request to upgrade Westerner Park Centrium

Westerner Park hoped to match county contribution with $1 million provincial grant

The Red Deer Rebels celebrate a win, without fans in the stands during a WHL game this season. Red Deer County turned down on Tuesday a $1 million request form Westerner Park to go towards a $2.1 million project to upgrade the Centrium. (File photo by Advocate Staff)
New seating, updated dressing rooms and a new score clock were among the big changes. (Photo from City of Red Deer)

Westerner Park seeks $1 million from Red Deer County for Centrium upgrades

$2.1 million upgrade project would replace ice plant and climate control systems

New seating, updated dressing rooms and a new score clock were among the big changes. (Photo from City of Red Deer)
Last week city council put off approving a recommended $3-million grant and a $19-million loan to provide short and long-term stability to Westerner Park. (Advocate file photo)

Westerner Park hoping for city support

Westerner Park refocuses on self-producing events

Last week city council put off approving a recommended $3-million grant and a $19-million loan to provide short and long-term stability to Westerner Park. (Advocate file photo)
Agri-Trade Equipment Expo, which runs each November at Westerner Park, was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but could likely go ahead this year. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Agri-Trade Equipment Expo, which runs each November at Westerner Park, was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but could likely go ahead this year. (File photo by Advocate staff)
The future of Westerner Park continues to be plagued by many unknowns, including when city council will make a decision about financing its operations. (File photo by Advocate staff).

Red Deer city council delays making decision on Westerner Park financing

It will mean missing the next opportunity to apply for a provincial loan

The future of Westerner Park continues to be plagued by many unknowns, including when city council will make a decision about financing its operations. (File photo by Advocate staff).
Immunization services will begin at the new Westerner Park facility on March 21. (File photo by Advocate staff)

COVID-19 swabbing and immunization moving under one roof in Red Deer

Larger location increases capacity and enhances safety

Immunization services will begin at the new Westerner Park facility on March 21. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen said he wasn’t surprised by audit results showing major problems in past operations. He’s already in the process of rebuilding the organization, he says. (Advocate file photo.)
Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen said he wasn’t surprised by audit results showing major problems in past operations. He’s already in the process of rebuilding the organization, he says. (Advocate file photo.)
New exhibition hall and rodeo shortfalls key to Westerner Park financial troubles: auditor

New exhibition hall and rodeo shortfalls key to Westerner Park financial troubles: auditor

City council will review full audit report on Tuesday

  • Sep 25, 2020
New exhibition hall and rodeo shortfalls key to Westerner Park financial troubles: auditor
Westerner Park is one of 293 agricultural societies in Alberta that are looking for federal financial support. Westerner Park, which holds its annual general meeting Wednesday, has laid off 90 per cent of its employees. (File photo by Advocate staff).

Struggling agricultural societies seek lifeline

Westerner Park holds annual general meeting Wednesday

Westerner Park is one of 293 agricultural societies in Alberta that are looking for federal financial support. Westerner Park, which holds its annual general meeting Wednesday, has laid off 90 per cent of its employees. (File photo by Advocate staff).
Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen says a number of steps to reduce financial pressures have already been taken. (Advocate file photo.)

Even in ‘worst-case scenario,’ Westerner Park can now operate until early 2021, says CEO

Mike Olesen is grateful for $2 million from the City of Red Deer

Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen says a number of steps to reduce financial pressures have already been taken. (Advocate file photo.)