Recreation, Parks and Culture hopes to see the City of Red Deer host the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards Gala in 2013.
The city department is seeking just over $48,000 in 2012 and $78,000 in 2013 for a total budget of almost $127,000 towards funding these celebrations, should the bid be successful. This includes the hiring of a part-time co-ordinator of just over $75,000.
This would be a week-long celebration of events and would highlight the City of Red Deer’s centennial as well.
The department has a number of initiatives on tap for 2012, including developing a standard for trail snow clearing and co-ordinating the development of heritage signs and downtown walking/driving/biking tours.
The department is seeking $20,000 in ongoing funds, plus a one-time fund of $15,000, for community engagement and relationship building.
“This is about engaging with neighbourhoods and community groups, so they have programs that would support them,” said Kristina Oberg, acting department manager.
It would also help to develop connections between groups, she added.