The City of Grande Prairie will not put forward a bid to host the 2022 Alberta Winter Games.
Grande Prairie and surrounding municipalities were first approached by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism if tabling a bid was something that could be negotiated.
Mayor Bill Given says after some consultation with potentially partnering municipalities, the answer was clear.
“I think the response from the community and any potential community partners was pretty tepid on the 2022 Alberta Winter Games. I think that’s a good indication that the community isn’t interested or ready to pursue this opportunity.”
The potential bid would have come on the back of a failed bid for the 2022 Arctic Winter Games, which Grande Prairie lost to Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
Given says officials could have pressed on with a bid but, in the end, it was best to feel the pulse of the community and take the proper action.
“For me, it’s really important that the City of Grande Prairie supports things driven by the community, rather than the city driving things and hoping the community will come on board.”
The bid would have required facilities suitable for hosting around 20 sport competitions, and be capable of feeding and accommodating around 2,800 athletes, coaches and officials. An official bid would have been due by June 3rd.