Dave Barr Community Centre

Dave Barr Community Centre


I own a house that is right across the street from Dave Barr. It was just looted and they took everything they could walk away with including light fixtures and the bathroom sink!

I have renters in there but nobody has been home for 3 weeks. I was just notified that there is now temporary shelter and a tent city in and outside of Dave Barr arena. The security that has been appointed for this temporary housing project is clearly not enough. I heard that Ranchlands housing has had to pay out of pocket for greater security measures due to the migration of street people.

What is the city and Dave Barr going to do about this? These damages at my house alone are estimated to be around $10,000.

When will the homeless population be out, and what will be done to properly secure and monitor the surrounding houses that are inevitably affected by this project and decision?
The community is very worried about the activity that’s happening around Dave Barr Arena lately. This is unacceptable.
Is the arena still open?
Thanks Dave barr community center for not letting me go play with my daughter at the park. Both gates are locked with a pad lock
March 5, 2019

Dave Barr Arena
Grande Prairie, AB


Ladies and Gentlemen:


Congratulations to the Dave Barr Arena on 37 years! I am so honored to send a message of sincere thanks to the staff and friends that have maintained this wonderful facility and kept it in FINE service to community.

I would like to share a few memories of my Dad, Dave Barr. It is not possible to speak of Dave without including my Mom, Betty. Therefore, with your permission I will begin:

Betty moved to Grande Prairie and lived at a Dorm to complete her high school. She applied to the Royal Bank and commuted to the Sexsmith Branch. Her future husband, Dave, worked just down the street at the hardware store. He would come into the bank to tease the girls but it was not until Betty danced with him (he was a wonderful dancer) did she fall in love. They were married on July 18, 1953 in the Christ Church Anglican, Grande Prairie, AB. Irene Balderston filled the church with peonies.

Betty and Dave lived their life in Grande Prairie with service to their beloved Anglican Church and especially to their community, as a main stay of their lives.

Dave and Betty shared their love of local sports especially hockey. Hockey night dates to outdoor hockey rinks where fun filled and action packed. Betty recalls that the some of the more enthusiastic woman fans would carry heavy purses that could, if provoked, be used to take a swing at an opposition fan. “One evening,” Betty remembers, “Dave and I went with friends to watch the Grande Prairie Athletes play against Wembly at the OUTDOOR rink. When we arrived at the game, a woman hit our friend with her purse and we had to leave the game to get him medical attention. We were so mad. We missed the WHOLE GAME.”

Local hockey meant many hours spent working at the arena to help the team and keep the facility running. Time at the area was always joyful and fun filled! After each game, Dave would arrive home to questions from his daughters. “Who won Dad?” Dave would answer without fail, “It was a good game. Our boys played great. I think it was 3-2 for us.”

Hard work and a common cause cemented life-long friendships with the arena guys as they worked to support the local teams and keep the MEMORIAL ARENA up and running for all to enjoy.

Betty shared a beautiful, passionate marriage of 25 years with Dave Barr, her first love - gone to soon in 1977 at the age of 49. The couple’s strength, support and commitment to each other through both good and difficult times as well as in sickness and in health was the foundation on which they chose to build their family life. They were truly blessed, having shared countless memorable happy experiences with their children and with their many friends. They devoted their lives to helping people and community, and enjoying each other. Dave’s death changed everything.
My Mom left us on May 13, 2016. She has gone to heaven to reunite with Dave and to dance. In between dances, Dave and Betty are once again in each other’s arms, sitting on a nice warm blanket, cheering on the local hockey team. At heaven’s outdoor hockey rink, it is always a clear, crisp, and star-filled winter night. Dave and Betty will be able to pick out the big dipper in the sky. It will be a great game. The score will be 3-2 for our guys..
God bless and keep the staff and friends of the Dave Barr Arena for another 37 years. You honor our family and your community through your dedication and through your daily hard work to keep this facility top-notch and one that Grande Prairie can continue to enjoy with pride.
I look forward to posting in the near future photos of Dad and his wonderful community service and hockey friends.
With deep gratitude,
Sharron Barr
Just wondering what the City of GP was thinking not having the canteen opened while minor hockey games are going on. But then opening the canteen up at 7:30pm for Adult Shinny. Not even for a full menu just drinks, and snacks.
Sounds fun 😀

9535 Prairie Road
Grande Prairie, Alberta
T8V 6G5

Phone: (780) 538-0469 The Dave Barr Community Centre is a quality multi-use venue featuring year-round sports programming and educational opportunities.

We provide a safe, fun, healthy environment with a friendly atmosphere for families, community groups and sports organizations in our arena, meeting room and playschool facilities.

Operating as usual


Take a look at our upcoming winter drop-in schedule Starting Tuesday September 14, 2021

Monday - Friday: Adult Drop-in shinny 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Mondays: Adult Drop-in shinny 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: All Ages public skate 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Fridays: Kids on Ice 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Schedule is subject to change without notice.

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COVID-19 info for Albertans 02/08/2021

COVID-19 info for Albertans

Effective Monday, February 8, Dave Barr Community Centre is permitting training services with certified professionals to resume in the facility within the parameters set out by the Government of Alberta’s Path Forward: Step 1
All bookings must be made directly through your approved personal trainer or user group. For questions or to book space, please call 780-538-0334

For the most up to date public health measures please visit https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

COVID-19 info for Albertans Taking action to protect lives and livelihoods with precise measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses, and protect the health care system.

krafthockeyville.ca 01/25/2021


Where is "Hockeyville" for you? Is it Grande Prairie?

Rally your team, Kraft is looking for the 2021 Hockeyville, and it comes with a big pay cheque for arena upgrades AND an NHL game!

If you think Grande Prairie is "Hockeyville" send in your nominations to Kraft before February 14.

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Our history

The Dave Barr Community Centre is a City owned facility and was founded in 1982 after Mr. Dave Barr. He was a very influential supporter of sports in Grande Prairie and was always interested in bettering the community.

Our facility is a quality multi-use venue, which features birthday parties, special events, youth and adult sports programming and educational opportunities for children. Whether you’re holding a large social event, or corporate retreat, trade show or a small show, Dave Barr Community Centre has a unique space available to accommodate your guests during the spring and summer on our dry surface.

We provide a safe, fun, healthy environment with a friendly atmosphere for families, community groups and sports organizations in our Arena, Dry Space, Day Care and Pre-K facilities.

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Busy day with our All Ages stick and puck! Friday’s 3:30-4:45 p.m 🏒🥅⛸
The monster mash!
Stick and Puck is underway!
Ice, Ice, Baby!! ⛸🏒 Stay tuned for our upcoming Ice Season’s drop-in programs starting in September!!!
Today is the LAST day of Pickle Ball at our facility from 11:00am-2:00pm. We would like to thank all the pickle ball pla...
Our Annual FREE Kids Fair is under way! Join us until 4:00 p.m. for fun, learning, and activities ! 🥳🦄🍬📚
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Amazing turnout today for pickle ball!!
Thank you to Grande Prairie and Area Safe Communities (James Safely) for hosting our Monday Riding with Me drop in progr...
Dave Barr Community Centre collaborated with the Parks Department to apply for an edible trees grant through Tree Canada...
Thank you to Miss Grande Prairie Stompede 2017-2018 and 2019 contestant for visiting us yesterday!! The children loved l...




9535 Prairie Road
Grande Prairie, AB
T8V 6G5

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