Community talk spreads

The spotlight will be on the West Park/West Lake neighbourhood in Red Deer when the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre spends the week urging neighbours to talk community.

The spotlight will be on the West Park/West Lake neighbourhood in Red Deer when the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre spends the week urging neighbours to talk community.

Starting on Tuesday, the centre will offer its Strengthen Social Capacity, Active Neighbourhods, Focus on Community Engagement, Effect Positive Change (S.A.F.E.) Program in the first of six communities this year.

Details are still being finalized for the remaining five neighbourhoods.

Residents are invited to attend “grass roots” activities to meet one another and clean up their neighbourhood.

TerryLee Ropchan, executive director, said this is about community development and pre-preventative step in the crime prevention spectrum.

“The end result would be neighbours would get to meet each other,” said Ropchan.

“They have worked on a project together and they have some pride of ownership and are happy about their neighbourhood.”

For the issues that were identified as concerns, the centre will connect residents with groups or organizations that can help fix the problems. The centre will conduct an inventory and outstanding records of the issues/concerns identified by residents.

Rain or shine the first activity is a community barbecue slated where residents will share what they like about their area, the changes they would like to see and any concerns or issues within their community at the West Park Activity Centre at 3811 57th St.

The barbecue will be served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted.

RCMP officers will be there along with the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre staff and members from various crime prevention programs.

On June 5 there will be a community clean including graffiti removal from 3 to 7 p.m. Meet at the West Park Activity Centre.

The centre is looking for volunteers to deliver S.A.F.E. Flyers in the area and to help with the Community Clean and Graffiti abatement on June 5. For more information, visit or call 403-986-9904.

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