Update #18 | GPREP Relocating Temporary Cot Overflow Program to Bowes Event Centre

Media Release May 15, 2020 | 5:00 p.m.

Update #18: COVID-19 Pandemic

GPREP Relocating Temporary Cot Overflow Program to Bowes Event Centre

The Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership (GPREP) is relocating the Rotary House Temporary Cot Overflow Program from the Dave Barr Community Centre to the Bowes Event Centre in the next two-weeks.

As a response to COVID-19, the provincial government, under the Public Health Act, established social distancing requirements that reduced the capacity at Rotary House by 50 percent.  This limitation necessitated the establishment of an additional site for up to 46 cots for our vulnerable population.

At the beginning of the pandemic, the Bowes Centre was not available for use as a temporary shelter as Alberta Health Services (AHS) had designated the site for other emergency planning requirements. As the province has begun the phased reopening of facilities, AHS has agreed to remove this restriction.

Background:

Dave Barr Community Centre Temporary Cot Overflow Program Closing

  • Dave Barr Community Centre established as temporary cot facility on March 30, 2020
  • Successfully housed an average of 36 residents per night with a maximum capacity of 46
  • The relocation of the Temporary Cot Program to the City owned Bowes Centre will allow for planned community use of the Dave Barr Community Centre to proceed in June

Bowes Event Centre Temporary Cot Overflow Program Opening

  • The program will relocate to the Bowes Event Centre in the next two-weeks with a maximum capacity of 43 people
  • The Temporary Cot Overflow Program provides overnight cots at a cost of $10/night to vulnerable residents who are vetted at Rotary House and must meet eligibility criteria. This program in not a drop-in shelter.
  • Representatives from the City, GPREP and AHS assessed various facilities throughout Grande Prairie and created a list of suitable facilities to address various needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, both current and potential
  • 24-hour security and resource workers will be on site
  • RCMP and Peace Officers will increase patrols in the area
  • Upon arrival at the site, bags are searched, and pockets checked
  • Registered residents of the Temporary Cot Program may not come and go after 11 p.m.
  • Staff and program participants are screened before coming to Bowes Centre upon arrival. Symptomatic clients may not stay on site and our provided alternative support