The City of Red Deer is hosting several events later this month in celebration of its centennial year.
“I am excited that we have chosen to do a mix of centennial events and capital projects that cover a broad range of interests for our community,” said City Manager, Craig Curtis. “They reach all elements for our community including recreation, downtown revitalization, history, arts and culture.”
The 100th birthday bash will be held on March 24 and will feature a day of free, family fun at all City of Red Deer recreation facilities.
Red Deerians are invited to the Collicutt Centre, G.H. Dawe Community Centre, Recreation Centre and Michener Centre for free general admission for drop-in activities during regular business hours at each of the facilities. There will be free fun activities, crafts and entertainment for families to enjoy between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. There is also free transit all day.
There will also be a ‘Guns versus Hoses’ hockey game between the City’s RCMP and firefighters at 1 p.m. at the Collicutt Centre.
On the City’s official incorporation day, March 25, there will be a time capsule ceremony in City Hall Park at 10:30 a.m., and that evening Red Deer City council will gather for a centennial meeting of council.
Public is welcome to attend the time capsule ceremony, but due to limited space in Council Chambers, are asked to view the centennial meeting of council online at www.reddeer.ca.
A centennial tree will be planted at the site where the time capsule will be buried and a bench will be placed there as well allowing residents to sit and reflect, officials said.
“The time capsule contents will paint a picture of Red Deer in 2013. A plaque in the time capsule’s place will mark its spot and indicate it was placed in 2013 in hopes it will be opened by future Red Deerians in the year 2064,” said Lisa Perkins, director of Corporate Transformation for the City.
For more information on these and other centennial events, visit www.reddeer.ca/centennial.
“We are excited to kick off our centennial celebrations, which provide an opportunity to not only celebrate Red Deer’s past, but also to reference the present and envision the future,” said Perkins. “We look forward to celebrating with residents, employees, businesses and everyone that has made our City great for 100 years.”