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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Council Endorses New Rec & Culture Agreement With Bowden

Bowden Hall

On June 12, County Council approved a new recreation and culture agreement between Red Deer County and the Town of Bowden. The previous agreement had expired at the end of 2017, and a new five-year agreement was required to continue financial support.

In all County recreation and culture agreements, the County provides annual grant funds based on the urban municipality population, plus a per capita grant based on rural population within the urban municipality catchment area.

Some details of the agreement include:

  • The Town of Bowden will receive a base grant of $25,000 for their population.
  • The Town of Bowden will be granted per capita funding for first three years at $30 per capita and years 4 and 5 at $40 per capita. The per capita funding is based on the rural population of 1,388 County residents within the urban municipality catchment area.
  • The Town will receive funding for the following facilities owned and/or operated by the municipality:
    • Indoor Arena
    • Community Hall
    • Skateboard Park
    • Athletic Field
    • Cemetery

The payment helps cover only operating and maintenance costs (not capital costs) for Bowden recreation facilities. Red Deer County Council will address requests for capital contributions on a case-by-case basis.

According to Community Services Manager Jo-Ann Symington, “The annual payment from the County ensures that participants from Red Deer County have access to Bowden facilities and programs and are entitled to the same registration fee as town residents.”

The proposal was approved unanimously by Council.

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