• evergreenpark

Experience Category: Attractions and Landmarks & Buildings

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    The TARA Centre is a hub for many great events in our region with a variety of space available both indoor and outdoors!

    Room for growth and future expansion was a critical consideration to the future development of the Park and with the availability of additional acres, future growth is sustainable in all areas.

    The Horses!

    Six new horse barns were constructed in the Boarding and Stabling Area, containing new livestock stalls. This construction was completed at the request of HRA to accommodate a temporary move of the Standardbred Horse Racing to Grande Prairie. When used in conjunction with temporary stalls in both the Drysdale Center and the Lewis Hawkes Pavilion, Evergreen Park can now board up to (NEED NUMBER) animals daily.


    Upgrades were made to the Evergreen Park camping area, including installation of power and sewer hookups. In 2000, the Stompede Campground was constructed and  stalls were created with water and sewer services. Subsequently in 2007, water and power service was extended along the backside of the track area, creating much needed camping space for competitors during busy event days.

    With the combined improvements, there are now over 100 sites available to patrons of Evergreen Park with additional area in the parking lots for overflow during large events.


    The large parking area outside the Drysdale Centre and Lewis Hawkes Pavilion was resurfaced to facilitate larger trade show requirements needed for the outdoor Forestry, Petroleum and Ag Shows. An additional parking and storage area was also constructed on the west side of the space.

    Clarkson Hall has been renovated. After the growth of racing required the utilization of both the Lewis Hawkes Pavilion and the Drysdale Centre, Evergreen Park relocated the riding rings to the Equestrian and Riding Centre behind the Gordon Badger Stadium in the east portion of the park.

    The Racing Entertainment Centre was completed and opened for business in the spring of 2007 and includes a restaurant and casino with 99 slot machines.

    Significant upgrades were made to the standardbred track; as a result, Grande Prairie boasts one of the top standardbred track surfaces in all of Canada.

    The Trade and Exhibition Centre (TARA CENTRE) was completed in the summer of 2007 and has become the face of Evergreen Park and the central hub of activity.

    The parking lot was paved in conjunction with the construction of the TARA Centre to facilitate movement of outdoor exhibits to the TARA Centre location. At the same time, the park cleared and leveled an additional parking area to facilitate some of the heavier equipment and vehicles, reducing damage to main traffic areas.

    Lighting was installed throughout traffic areas and fencing was constructed in several spots for aesthetic reasons, as well as to protect the grounds from wear and tear.

    Ball Diamonds

    Two new ball diamonds have been constructed by the Kinsmen Club, to bring the total number to six at Kin Park.

    With the addition of these facilities, Evergreen Park remains one of the most coveted baseball venues in all of Western Canada.

    Meanwhile, the County improved access to and from the Exhibition Grounds by widening the entry/exit from two to three lanes, improving the exit turning lane and installing walking trails adjoining the City of Grande Prairie trail system.

    When the dust settled, the Grande Prairie Agricultural Society had invested over $20,000,000 into Evergreen Park from 2005 to 2010, setting the table for unprecedented opportunities.


    GPS these co-ordinates: W118.753  N55.110 to get to the TARA Centre and these co-ordinates: W118.753 N55.112 for the McGovern’s RV & Marine Campground.

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