Red Deer County News

Posted on: January 22, 2018

Community Services - 2017 Year In Review

Delburne Arena

Community Services Needs Assessment – Open House held in April 2017, and final report made available to public in June 2017. Valuable report information now utilized in developing Strategic Plan to guide direction and priorities.

Delburne Arena Project – Construction expected to be completed January 31, 2018.

New Energy Efficient Bus for Gasoline Alley and Springbrook – Clean-running, compressed natural gas bus provides regular daily return service on routes to and from East and West Gasoline Alley and Springbrook. New bus purchased with help of a $320,000 GreenTRIP grant from Alberta Government.

Volunteer Appreciation Evening held in April at Valley Centre Hall. Approximately 130 volunteers were treated to great food and entertainment to show our appreciation for their cherished efforts.

FALLS under Safe Communities hosted a day of presentations and information booths in January at the County Centre. Also staged Walk with Mayors event in November at Sylvan Lake’s NexSource Centre, to raise awareness about the danger of falls, particularly to seniors.

Grants – Community Services provides operational grants to community organizations including 34 halls, 23 cemeteries, 2 outdoor amenity spaces, 4 agricultural societies, 1 Community Engagement Site, 6 Recreation and Culture Boards, and to Trenville Park Committee. Capital Grants awarded to 15 community facilities including the Dickson Store Museum Society. Capital Grants awarded to 5 cemeteries. Recreation funds granted to City of Red Deer, Towns of Bowden, Sylvan Lake, Innisfail, and Penhold, and Villages of Delburne and Elnora. Seven rural libraries in the Parkland Regional Library System receive additional funding.

Special Grants – $3,675 to Anthony Henday Historical Society towards tests to stabilize Delburne’s historical water tower; $75,000 to Benalto Booster Club to finalize Train Station Project; $75,000 to Holy Trinity Anglican Church at Pine Lake for restoration costs; $125,000 to Stephan G. Stephansson Society for purchase of Buttermaker House in Markerville; and $300,000 second installment towards new Bowden Community Center.

Canada 150 Grants – Special one-time funding to honour Canada’s 150th Birthday given to 27 community groups for total of $22,127.80.

Rural Beautification Tour – 35 years for this program! Two busloads of passengers were treated to a full day to check out seven superb Division 4 properties. Outstanding weather, tasty food, and great venues were also enjoyed.

Community Ball Diamonds – Leased 20 acres from the Province. Spruce View Lions Club and Gwendale Elks are to maintain and operate the community ball diamonds in the Kevisville area.

Red Deer & District FCSS – Red Deer County is a municipal partner. The 2018 to 2020 Funding Cycle Allocations were announced. 19 organizations to receive annual funding for total of $2,288,676.

Great Neighbours Initiative and Spark Grants – Great Neighbours aims to help neighbours get to know one another better. Spark Grants provide up to $1,000 in funding support for residents to connect with their neighbours and community. Meetings took place in Pine Lake, Spruce View, and Springbrook, and Spark Grants awarded to Springbrook and Spruce View.

Benalto School Facility continuing as host site for various County meetings and events, Boys and Girls Club, Parent Link and Play School.

Spruce View Community Kitchen – Successful initiative again this year. Group gathers monthly to make affordable freezer meals at Spruce View School.

Spruce View and Benalto Programs – Continuing with Parent Link, Play Group, and Boys and Girls Club.

Active Seniors Group continues to meet monthly at the Spruce View Drop-In Centre.

Springbrook Community SkatePark Committee worked on fundraising all year. CFEP grants written and corporate sponsorship packages ready to go for January 2018. Received final design and estimated budget from Spectrum Skatepark Designs. Will be signing contract with Newline Skateparks early in 2018 for park construction.

Springbrook Community Garden – Big news was that Communities ChooseWell grant received for construction of 32 raised garden beds. 32 new plots are 3 feet x 10 feet and high enough for people with disabilities or in wheelchairs to be able to garden. Due to a tough year moisture wise, total donations to Red Deer Food Bank were down, but still managed to donate over 1200 pounds of food to those in need.

West Red Deer Early Childhood Coalition
– Received a one-year grant for $22,500 for early learning initiatives and education within West Red Deer County which includes Bowden, Penhold, Spruce View, and Springbrook. Work is continuing with the Play Packs in each community as well as hosting Parent Cafes in each community. Produced and distributed an “I Am Ready” booklet, started Facebook and Twitter social media accounts, hosted Dr. Jody Carrington, and topped the year off with an online visit from Santa in all four communities.

Other Notable Springbrook Events – 6th annual Bike Rodeo, Yoga in the Garden, Spring Sports, youth archery programs, Summer Youth Program that included trips to Calgary Zoo, building a bee condo, Youth Garden Program, Great Neighbours Meet and Greets, Movies in the Garden, Free Little Libraries, Discover Springbrook and “KickFlip Into Summer” (community block party / Canada 150 celebration with proceeds going to new Skatepark).

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