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Head Downtown For the North Pole Stroll

After a successful parade through Downtown Red Deer, the Downtown Business Association would like to host you and yours again for more yuletide cheer. The emphasis of the day is a shop-local extravaganza. Many retailers will be open late until 9:00pm, and carollers, hourly prizes and a grand prize worth $1000 will draw warmth and wonder to the streets. Read more

Last Downtown Market Tomorrow Oct. 3 In Time for Thanksgiving

The Downtown Business Association is pleased to present the final Downtown Market right on Little Gaetz (50th Avenue) from Ross Street to 48 Street this Wednesday evening. Beginning at 4pm until 7pm, the street will be packed with happy shoppers enjoying goods from our local farmers, bakers, and growers, “The final market is always a special one. People who are not regulars come out one last time, and our weekly shoppers say goodbye to one another. In preparation for Thanksgiving, we specifically planned the market to close this week. The market has been well-received by most and continues to grow,” said Janice Shimek, Market Manager. Read more

Ross St. Patio Project Going on Ice For Winter

The patio party is over for now. Next week the tables will be removed and parking lines painted as the award-winning downtown Red Deer Ross Street patio pilot project hibernates for the winter. But business owners in the vicinity say the summer pilot had a significant impact on revitalizing and bringing more foot traffic to the city centre. Read more

Removal of Ross Street Patio Pilot Project

Removal of the Ross Street Patio Pilot Project will begin Tuesday, October 9. The removal process will require several days to complete. The furnishings, barriers and landscaping will be taken out. Any temporary painted lines in the space will be removed and previous road markings and the parking configuration will be reinstated. Read more

Nightclub Owner Appeals to Stay Open

A nightclub owner appealed to a City of Red Deer committee on Tuesday over why his business should remain open despite law enforcement concerns over violence, overcapacity, and underage customers. Quan Diep of Calgary, along with his lawyer Dana Carlson of Red Deer, appeared before the Red Deer Appeal and Review Board because they were appealing Inspection and Licensing’s decision to permanently revoke the nightclub’s business license in September. The downtown Tequila Nightclub has remained open since the appeal was filed. Erin Stuart, permits and licensing supervisor with the city, said the city believed the operator had put the public’s safety, health and welfare at risk. Read more

Ross St. Patio Packed Away

Jose Garcia of Proform Concrete Services moves one of the many picnic tables on the Ross Street Patio in Red Deer on Tuesday. The downtown patio is being removed this week after being in place all summer. Downtown shoppers will once again be able to use parking spots in the area later this week when the patio is removed. Read more

The City of Red Deer named recipient of a 2012 Downtown Merit Award by the International Downtown Association for The Ross Street Patio

During its most recent annual conference the International Downtown Association recognized The City of Red Deer with a Downtown Merit Award for its work and initiatives related to The Ross Street Patio. The Ross Street Patio, a pilot project to create more vibrant public spaces in the downtown, was among 22 qualified entries in the category of Public Space. This category recognizes capital improvements that enhanced the urban design, physical function, or economic viability of downtown and the community. Read more

City Given Award for Ross Street Patio

During its most recent annual conference the International Downtown Association recognized the City of Red Deer with a Downtown Merit Award for its work and initiatives related to The Ross Street Patio. The Ross Street Patio, a pilot project to create more vibrant public spaces in the downtown, was among 22 qualified entries in the category of ‘Public Space’. This category recognizes capital improvements that enhanced the urban design, physical function, or economic viability of downtown and the community. The idea for the Ross Street Patio pilot project came from a public consultation session that was held as part of the City’s Integrated Movement Study. Read more

Judge lambastes woman for marring Red Deer’s downtown image

A Red Deer judge blasted a woman in provincial court on Thursday for the role he said she has played in making the city’s downtown a less pleasant place for ordinary people to visit. Robyn Longhorst, who had been in custody at Red Deer Remand Centre for 60 days, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to time served in relation to an incident in the city downtown, at 49th Street and 51st Ave. Crown prosecutor Jillian Brown said Longhorst, 28, approached a woman unknown to her and asked her if she had a cigarette and cash. Read more

Red Deer Arts See Disappointing Decline

Once Red Deer had a plethora of original paintings showing at commercial art galleries, and no less than six theatre groups staging comic, sometimes thought-provoking or controversial productions. Half a dozen big name performers would come to town, drawing huge crowds to the Centrium each year — and a multitude of chamber and roots music performances would feed niche tastes in smaller venues, such as The Matchbox. What happened to our once vibrant arts community? Red Deer was named a Cultural Capital in 2003. But less than a decade later, some people are wondering where has the local cultural scene gone? Read more

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