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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

Fiestaval Latin Festival Spiced Up for 2012

More bands, more dancing and more food have joined the mix to spice up Red Deer’s city centre for the third-annual Fiestaval Latin Festival on Saturday. Vehicle traffic will be blocked on Ross Street at 49th Avenue from 11 a.m. to late into the night to bring a program that has been significantly enhanced from last year. This year’s Fiestaval introduces many new performers, including a 12-piece mariachi band from Mexico to take the stage in the beer gardens from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. Read more

Lunch Promotion Encourages People to ‘Eat and Tweet’

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Unless, perhaps, you’re eating in downtown Red Deer this month and have a flare for tweeting. The Red Deer Downtown Business Association has joined with 11 restaurants in the city’s core to organize a Time For Lunch campaign. The lunch crowd is being encouraged to sample the offerings of the participating restaurants, each of which has four feature items. Customers who tweet about their experiences will have a chance at winning a meal for their efforts. “We are harnessing the power of Twitter and the hashtag #Timeforlunch to get people to tweet what they eat and win gift certificates for free food,” said DBA promotions director Janice Shimek. Read more

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