Windmill taken down

A popular feature in Heritage Ranch is no longer blowing in the wind.

A popular feature in Heritage Ranch is no longer blowing in the wind.

The 12-metre (40-foot) windmill was taken down on April 17 after City of Red Deer Parks Department staff noticed the tower was showing signs that it would topple over near the picnic area and play structure.

Parks superintendent Trevor Poth said this posed a safety risk so it was removed right away to protect Heritage Ranch visitors.

Parks staff will ask council to either replace the steel-framed windmill with a new one or something else that complements the site during budget time next year.

Poth said they will have to form a new plan for the city because this was an emergency removal.

The windmill had not worked for about five years. He said the turbine was more a focal point and piece of interest for the park.

Several years ago, the windmill pumped water from the ground to flow overland down to the lake below.

“It’s one of the iconic features of our parks,” said Poth. “I would love to put something in that was at least reflective of what the windmill was. Whether we put in a fully operational windmill or do something else that is a public art or something, I sure would love to see something else go in there.”

The windmill was installed in the mid-1980s as part of the development of Heritage Ranch.

Poth encouraged residents who see anything in the park that they may view as unsafe to contact the city.

crhyno@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Red Deer woman target of robbery in broad daylight, near police station

Walking home, in broad daylight, Barb Smith never thought for a minute… Continue reading

Tsunami warning for B.C.’s coast is cancelled after Alaska quake

VANCOUVER — A tsunami warning issued for coastal British Columbia was cancelled… Continue reading

Sewage spill shuts beaches along California’s Central Coast

MONTEREY, Calif. — Nearly 5 million gallons of sewage spilled into the… Continue reading

‘Shape of Water’ producer, Christopher Plummer among Canadian Oscar nominees

TORONTO — A Toronto producer who worked on “The Shape of Water”… Continue reading

WATCH news on the go: Replay Red Deer Jan. 21

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

RDC chosen to host 2019 men’s volleyball national championship

Sports enthusiasts in Red Deer will have more to look forward to… Continue reading

Police is still looking for Second World War army passport owner

No one has claimed a rare Second World War German army passport… Continue reading

DJ Sabatoge and TR3 Band kick off Sylvan Lake’s Winterfest 2018

Central Alberta’s youngest DJ will open for TR3 Band kicking off Town… Continue reading

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

WATCH news on the go: Replay Red Deer Jan. 21

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

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