Canada Day celebrations to be relocated

  • Jun. 26, 2013 2:59 p.m.

As of Tuesday, due to the river waters remaining high and fast, Bower Ponds will remain closed for resident safety and Great Chief Park, which had been previously opened for scheduled bookings, will close again today until further notice.

“We are concerned for resident safety around the fast moving waters that still exist in that area,” said Karen Mann, emergency operations centre director. “Opening Great Chief Park created an access point for people to go down and look at the river, and that has created some safety issues that we want to avoid at all costs.”

Crews have assessed the damage at Bower Ponds, and cleanup will begin soon. The City is not confident that the area will be clear of water and safe for the long weekend celebrations, so all events scheduled to take place at Bower Ponds and Great Chief Park are in the process of being relocated to new, suitable locations within the City.

“We feel like this is the best way to keep Red Deerians safe, but at the same time allowing the events planned for the long weekend to still happen,” said manager of Recreation, Parks & Culture Shelley Gagnon. “We are very thankful to the committees and volunteers for working with us and understanding the situation we are faced with.”

In high stream flow conditions, the river bank can become extremely unstable. For their personal safety, citizens should stay away from the river until further notice.

For more information about the Canada Day celebrations, contact the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society at 403-346-0055 or visit www.rdchs.com. For more information about the Red Deer Centennial events, contact the Red Deer Centennial Committee at 403 340-2013 or visit info@reddeer2013.ca.

The City will send out an update to citizens once new locations for these events have been secured.

– Fawcett

Just Posted

Springbrook Community Skate park Committee receives $125,000 CFEP grant

Group is nearly 75% funded for the $635,000 Skate Park Facility

STARS launches 26th annual lottery worth over $4.5 million

Lottery raises money for new helicopters to serve Western Canada

Snowfall adds some delay to morning commute

The QE2 and area road conditions in central Alberta were partly snow covered

Legendary artist Amos Garrett heads to the City next month

Central Music Festival Society presents Garrett and Julian Kerr Feb. 9th at the Elks Lodge

Trudeau says politicians shouldn’t prey on Canadians’ fears

The Prime Minister was speaking at a townhall in Ontario

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

In limbo: Leftover embryos challenge clinics, couples

Some are outright abandoned by people who quit paying storage fees and other couples struggle with tough decisions

Netflix rejects request to remove Lac-Megantic images from ‘Bird Box’

At least two shows on Netflix’s Canadian platform briefly use actual footage of the 2013 tragedy

Three Ponoka men and one youth charged in assault case

Police obtained a search warrant and located drugs and sawed-off shot gun

Teen vaping is an epidemic: US government

E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk substance used by teenagers, outpacing cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana

‘I never said there was no collusion,’ Trump lawyer says

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he has ‘never said there was no collusion’

Body of Canadian miner found after African kidnapping

Kirk Woodman’s body was discovered 100 kilometres from the site where he worked for Progress Mineral Mining Company in Burkina Faso

Most Read