Westerner Park expansion gets MPC approval

By Sheldon Spackman and Troy Gillard
January 17, 2018 - 2:15pm

Major expansion is on the way for Westerner Park.

The City’s Municipal Planning Commission gave its approval Wednesday morning to a new 75,000 square foot multi-use space joining the Stockemens Pavilion and Agricentre to serve as an exhibit and trade show hall.

"This is about 50,000 square feet of space that Agri-Trade can actually program in 2018. So for us, we’re extremely happy about that because that helps us to expand Agri-Trade,” said Ben Antifaiff, CEO and General Manager at Westerner Park. “Certainly it will allow us to bid on and attract larger conventions, banquets and events. It’s the next asset that we need at the park in order to meet our future growth plans.”

The new building will include a second floor viewing area, as well as an outdoor terrace. It will also be Westerner Park’s new home for soccer bookings with room for a FIFA-regulation size indoor soccer pitch that can be moved out when other events are booked.

“We’ve got really great strong interest from the Red Deer City Soccer Association to use the facility during the winter months,” Antifaiff noted. “We have a plan for cabarets, banquets, conventions and it’s the next step in our master site plan that actually helps us to develop our venues for future activities at the site.”

Antifaiff says moving soccer bookings into the new facility will make the Agricentre available for ag events year-round.

He wouldn’t get into further detail regarding Westerner Park’s plans for future growth.

“We have some things in the works and we have a couple more announcements coming in 2018,” he hinted. “They’ll be very exciting and they’re complimentary to some of the activities that we’re doing right now. It’s truly a growth plan on the evolution.”

The existing underground and above services will be re-routed and the small addition to the west side of the Agricentre will be removed to accommodate the new addition.

A new front entry plaza will also be featured along with a new roadway and parking spaces. A traffic impact assessment is being done.

Once the building permit for the addition has been approved, Antifaiff is hopeful the new building will ready for use by this November. 

The MPC approval for the expansion comes one day after Westerner Park was announced as the new home for the Canadian Finals Rodeo starting in 2018.

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