Peace River’s Community Services Department
Community Services at 780-624-1000. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9am to noon and 1pm to 4:30pm.
Family and Community Support Services represent the social services wing of the Community Services Department, funded through a partnership between the Government of Alberta and local municipalities. With a mandate from the Family and Community Support Services Act and Regulation, the stated goal of FCSS is “prevention.” Communities, like Peace River, design and deliver social programs that are preventive in nature to promote and enhance well-being among individuals, families, and communities.
Peace River’s FCSS is responsible for a wide range of social programming, including but not limited to; Meals on Wheels Program, Service Provider for Alberta Seniors and Community Supports, Volunteer Income Tax Program, Home Support Program, Snow Shoveling Program, Mental Health First Aid Workshops, Woman Wise Program, Information and Referral, the Roots of Empathy Program, Home Alone Program, Olweus Anti-Bullying Program, and a Family School Liaison Worker, as well as many others.
FCSS Peace River also provides some general programming aimed at overall community development including; Newcomer Information, FCSS Supports Volunteers, Family and Youth Interagency Committee and email network, as well as the Grants to Groups Funding.
In Peace River, parks and recreation facilities fall under the auspices of the Community Services Department. With 17 km of walking trails and 22 ha of green space there is a lot to oversee and maintain. The department handles all season activity focusing on facilities like the Baytex Energy Centre and Peace Regional Pool, as well as two sledding hills, during the winter months. In the spring and summer that attention turns to the eight different ball diamonds in town, six sports fields, four tennis courts, 13 playgrounds, two larger parks (12 Foot Davis and Riverfront Park), as well as an off-leash dog park and a spray park. The Town stays in bloom with 65 hanging baskets downtown and over 7000 bedding plants, all of which is watered three times a week – Learn More.
During the summer, the Community Services Department organizes two summer day camps in July and August. Extreme Adventures is an adventure-based program for youth from 10 to 16-years-old and focuses on outdoor activities. Summer Fun is for children six to 10-years-old and features crafts, games, tours and recreation-based activities for children.
Maintaining and promoting the Town’s vibrant heritage and culture also falls under Community Services department. They oversee the Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre. With a vast collection of locally donated artifacts, photographs, maps and diaries, staff curate new exhibits, address research requests and deliver relevant programming throughout the year.
Through the Museum, Community Services maintains two historic buildings in Town. Athabasca Hall, is a historic resource and Peace River’s premier arts and culture facility. It plays host to a number of community events including the Peace Players theatre group. The other building is the Northern Alberta railways train station – recognized by the Province as a historical landmark. The building is currently owned by the Town, however, office space is leased to the Peace River and District Chamber of Commerce. The facility also doubles as a tourist information booth in the summer months.