The Government of Alberta has initiated the demolition of the remaining Michener North buildings and is working with a demolition contractor on site. This project was announced in late 2020, after extensive land and building studies, and reviewing the profound history and the sensitive ecology of the escarpment and wetlands in the area. Work is underway, and is expected to continue through to the end of 2023. Project activities will involve hazardous material removal and demolition of all buildings, site structures and utilities.

This project provides a strategic opportunity for The City to mark a significant piece of Red Deer’s history and protect these invaluable public lands for Red Deerians for generations to come, and marks the beginning of the long-awaited ability for our community to commemorate the past and to look forward to the potential this public land presents us with in the future. The Michener North lands have deep roots in Red Deer’s history, economy, park space, and natural areas. The centralized location provides a place to reflect history, access the Waskasoo trail system, experience wildlife and enjoy open outdoor space year round.

Recreational use paths in the area are anticipated to remain open as long as possible, but may need to be closed periodically throughout the demolition process. The City will provide notice of all path closures, and signage will be in place. Residents in the area will also see increased traffic along Crossley Street, on the north side of the site with a new temporary access road being built in that area.

For more information on the demolition project, please contact the Government of Alberta:

Jared Gustafson, Press Secretary
Phone: 780-722-7321