OFFICIAL OPENING - Nateya Fay, 10, enjoyed the grand re-opening celebration at Discovery Canyon on Friday. Emily Rogers/Red Deer Express

Video: Grand re-opening celebration held at Discovery Canyon

New enhancements to area part of Canada 150 legacy project for Red Deer

By Emily Rogers

Red Deer Express

Red Deer hosted a celebration to officially re-open Discovery Canyon, a Canada 150 legacy project today, after enhancements caused the site to be closed for the 2016 season.

The official grand re-opening included a community barbecue, cupcakes, entertainment, programming, and 500 rubber ducks that took the inaugural swim down the stream.

Enhancements to the site included improved safety, accessibility, upgraded beach areas, walkways and expansions to the parking areas, officials said.

“Discovery Canyon will give Red Deerian’s a chance to unplug and reconnect. We appreciated River Bend’s complete support,” said Recreation Superintendent Barb Mckee. “Discovery Canyon is a sterling example of the benefits made possible through recreation and through this facility our community has improved opportunities for active healthy living.”

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer added, “Offering free, and affordable recreational opportunities is one of our City’s few priorities. Discovery Canyon has become a destination, not only for Red Deerians, but also fellow Albertans.”

Officials said the park is full of families, enjoying the site’s features and the beach area.

Veer added the upgrades made to parks were made possible from the contributions received from Western Economic Diversification Canada through the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program.

“Our City is left with a lasting legacy to commemorate this milestone in our nation’s history and heritage.”

Admission to Discovery Canyon is free, and float tubes can be rented at the concession for $5 or purchased for $20. The site will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until September.