needed in Red Deer County
There are playgrounds for children but our youth,
especially those in their teens, need productive options and
opportunities for recreation, personal development and
community service when they're not in school.
A place to hang out, keep fit, productively interact with their peers
and use their creativity for the betterment of themselves and the
community would tend to keep them away from the more destructive options
that are available to them.
On the other end of the age spectrum, our society is aging and living
longer so there needs to be options for transportation and recreation
for those who are retired in the rural and hamlet communities.
Springbrook, the largest hamlet in the region, needs a permanent community centre,
public recreational facilities and an elementary school to act as focal points
for the community, especially its youth.
One of the great challenges of our time and in our region is the need
for more schools to educate the increasing number of children while at
the same time recognizing that the overall demographics are aging.
Another challenge is providing an increasing variety of recreational and
cultural facilities at a time of escalating costs to build and maintain
them. Partnerships between civic authorities, community groups and
businesses offer an opportunity to provide the necessary facilities.