By Justin Seward
Town of Redcliff’s director of protective and community services Derrin Thibault will be overseeing a lengthy list of community projects in his department over the next number of months.
The municipality was able to fund these projects through the MOST funding (Municipal Operating Support Transfer), Municipal Stimulus Program funding and their regular capital allotment.
The pickleball courts tender closed March 30 and is expected to have a start date of April 30.
“Pickleball seems to be getting quite popular and I had the financial ability to create separate courts,” said Thibault.
“Because right now the pickleball courts are overlaid on top of the tennis courts. I thought it’d be better to keep them separate just because we don’t manage the renting out of that space. It’s just a public space and anyone can go whenever they want.”
The pickleball courts will be built in next to the tennis courts on the southside.
Thibault asked for a completion around June 15.
Newline Skate Parks Inc. arrived on April 5 to start back up on the construction of the skatepark between the Rec-tangle Arena and the pool.
“That’s all that Newline does, is the concrete portion,” said Thibault.
“We don’t have grass, lights and all those sorts of things. That’s not a part of the project, there isn’t funding for that—that’s going to be a separate phase.”
Thibault says the town is applying for grants for the additional phases.
Newline’s portion will be done by June.
“So the portion that is going to be done this year is the portion that people can actually skate on,” he said.
There also will be an addition of a storage facility and a public bathroom facility at the aquatic centre.
“The public bathroom is for the skate park folks or the BMX folks, it’s only accessible to the external people not using the pool,” said Thibault.
Those additions are expected to happen this season.
The RCMP back-up generator project began installation on March 30 and was expected to last a couple of weeks.
A new electronic sign for the town will be placed near the “Avenue of Trees” turnout.
Memorial Park upgrades will be done to the gazebo, the basketball court, trees and park benches.
Wahl Construction is slated to start on April 15.
The Redcliff campground will see an electrical, water service and landscaping upgrade as well as the addition of more trailer stalls and moving the tent sites to behind ball diamond three, a picnic shelter on the back of the campground building and an additional exit on to Fourth Street.
Those campground projects are expected to happen over the season and done in phases.
A building rehabilitation will be done at Lion’s Park.
The River Valley washroom demolition and replacement will happen this year, but details have yet to be determined.