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G Grande rande P Prairie rairie G Gears ears U Up p ffor or C Centennial entennial On April April 30, 1914,

Grande Grande P Prairie rairie was o officially fficially incorporated incorporated as a vvillage, illage, beginning beginning the jo journey urney tto o b becoming ecoming the urban urban ccentre entre o off the P Peace eace Country Countr y iitt is ttoday. oday. In In tha thatt century, centur y, the community has grown grown community from its its o riginal from original population of of less less than than population residents tto oa 1,000 residents vibrant o ver 55,000. vibrant off o over A 100th birthday is a momentous occasion to celebrate and Grande Prairie is planning a year filled with activities and parties. “We’re organizing a yearlong celebration to highlight Grande Prairie’s vibrant and rich history while acknowledging the diverse cultures and nationalities that are an integral part of Grande Prairie’s current and future growth and success,,” sayys David Olinger, Manager of Markeeting and Communications. “The year will kick off with Centennial First Footings feestivities at Muskoseepi Park which we expect will bring the residents and visitors together to mark this anniversary. We really want to build momentum for a yearlong celebration of not only what made Grande Prairie the success it is today,

but what’s making it a leader fo or tomorrow.” Coun. Helen Rice, Chair of the 100th Anniversary Committee echoes these sentiments. “It’s going to be a fantastically exciting year,” she sayys. “Our e ime 100th anniversary is a liffet event and between the City and all our partner community groups, we have a special year planned.” Centennial Celebrations get underway on Dec. 31 with the Kickoff ff.. Planned activities include ice skating on the pond, snow shoeing, sleigh rides, hot chocolate and, of course, fireworks! Historical characters will make appearances throughout the evening. In April, the official date of incorporation will be marked with a 1914-inspired city council meeting. Councillors will dress in period costume and discuss hot topics of the time including the upkeep of wooden sidewalks and keeping chickeens fen e ced. Guests will also enjoy cake and other goodies to mark Grande Prairie’s official birthday. Also in April, the City will unveil a legacy piece of the commemorations when 100 parks are named in honor of the century. The park names, suggestions for which

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are being solicited from the community at large, were selected for their historical significance relating to Grande Prairie history. May brings the Innovation Conffer e ence, presented by the City of Grande Prairie, Community Futures and the Centre for Research and Innovation. The conffer e ence will highlight the entrepreneurial spirit of Grande Prairie and allow local and national innovators to share ideas and maybe even the next big thing! There will be a breakfast mixer, rotating quick talks, and a keynote speaker. Summer will feature many feestivities around the city. The 100 Years of Pioneers in partnership with the County of Grande Prairie and the Grande Spirit Foundation is set for June 5. Seniors from Grande Prairie and the surrounding communities are in for an afternoon of entertainment and celebration at TEC Centre at Evergreen Park. The Century Play runs June 12-16 in Muskos o eepi Park. The production is the result of the work of hundreds of community members and the GP Century Play Society, established specifically to produce the production. Artistic direction will be provided by Annie Smith

Community Connections - Winter 2014  

Community Connections Recreation and Leisure Guide for Grande Prairie and Area

Community Connections - Winter 2014  

Community Connections Recreation and Leisure Guide for Grande Prairie and Area