Dave Larratt Park

Honouring History in Dave Larratt Park

Dave Larratt acquired the property, now known as Evergreen, in the 1940’s. He conducted a mixed farming operation in the area and pastured cattle on these lands. With the objective of securing a reliable water supply for his cattle, Dave installed a couple of dams in the 1950s. Over the years, a wetland/natural area formed that was close to 10 acres in size. This area attracted a wide variety of wildlife including deer, moose, fox, coyote, muskrat, beaver, waterfowl, and migratory birds. Additionally, it has supported an interesting assortment of plant life.

Dave Larratt passed away suddenly in March, 1964 and the agricultural operation continued under lease arrangements with other farmers in the area. Dave’s son, Larry, took over ownership of the land in 1975 and maintained the family’s stewardship of the natural area. Many times over the years he was encouraged to remove the dams to return the drainage course to its original function and increase the farmable area. Consequently, Larry’s reluctance to change what his father built has aided in the area’s success over the years and has been enjoyed by four generations of his family. 

In 2012, Melcor purchased the land from Mr. Larry Larratt and began planning the Evergreen neighbourhood. It was imperative that Evergreen pay homage to the Larratt family by preserving the 30+ acre area and making it the heart of the new community.

In 2014, honouring Dave Larratt and in recognition of his contributions to the natural area, Melcor made an application to have the area formally named Dave Larratt Park, and received approval from the City of Red Deer’s Municipal Features Naming Committee.

Dave Larratt Park will be enhanced with public amenities designed to encourage responsible and low impact interactions with nature. Furthermore, it will serve in perpetuity as a public open space of municipal and environmental reserve providing many ecological & recreational functions for the benefit of the broader community.

Read on to see our plans for such amenities and how they play on the natural beauty and history of the land.

Multi-Use Trail Network

An extensive trail network and park system will be developed for the benefit of not only the residents of Evergreen but for all of north east Red Deer.

A portion of the network contains a 650m loop which has already been constructed, while another 900m with be complete in 2021. When finished, there will be nearly 3km of trail meandering around different sections of Dave Larratt Park and providing connections to future neighbourhoods outside of Evergreen.

Natural Pond – South Pond

The southern pond is a pre-existing wetland that has been preserved. A high-level outlet has been installed to create a maximum water level and protect the homes and surrounding infrastructure. Natural overland drainage courses into this pond have been maintained to preserve a healthy wetland. A request has been made to the City of Red Deer to allow skating on this natural pond in winter months as is allowed on some other ponds in Red Deer that do not serve as Storm Water Management Facilities.

Edible Forest

Edible plants, such as pears, saskatoon berries, gooseberries, wild black currant, and haskap honeyberries, will be planted in a concentrated area of Dave Larratt Park in 2021.

Constructed Wetland (Storm Water Management Facility) – North Pond

Stormwater is managed through underground pipes and street gutters; these eventually lead to the Red Deer River. Rainwater is channeled to this constructed wetland collecting in the pond before re-entering the stormwater system. The volume of water becomes manageable in the system as it is released back into the storm sewer at a slower rate.

The wetland serves a second purpose, removing significant amounts of sediment and contaminants from the water before it is returned to the river. A deep entry point in the pond helps sediment to settle there, and the cattails and other aquatic plants absorb contaminants washed in with the stormwater. These plants also make the area more attractive and provide an important habitat for mammals, birds, and invertebrates.

The constructed wetland portion of Dave Larratt Park was completed in 2019.

Nature Inspired Playgrounds

Two nature inspired playgrounds have been designed in the central portion of Dave Larratt Park just west of the Natural Pond and will be constructed in 2021. The playgrounds are designed with accessible surfacing and accommodate all ages.  A third playground will be designed in the future to be located on the east side of the ponds.

Waterfall & Bridge Feature

A waterfall and bridge feature has been constructed at the south end of the constructed wetland that acts as a gathering area and seating node to relax and take in the sights and sounds of Dave Larratt Park.

Season's Greetings in Evergreen

Season's Greetings

It Looks A Lot Like Christmas in Evergreen! We're celebrating with a special Christmas Carol for you.

We’ve partnered with talented local artists and businesses to produce a special Christmas video for a holiday song written by Canadian country music artist and songwriter Alicia Aichelle. Press play on the video below to watch the hit of the holiday featuring the magic of winter in Evergreen.

Thank you to everyone who came together to create Christmas magic.

  • Randy Rich Films
  • Sorento Custom Homes
  • Singer/songwriter Alecia Aichelle
  • Cilantro & Chive
  • Stella Bean Sweets
  • Lively Folks Candle Co.
  • Petal & Blum Creative
  • New Beginning Bridal Boutique

Spring Time To Move

Spring Time to Move Promotion

Get up to $20,000 off a new home, built by one of our fine builders in Red Deer.

We are pleased to offer central Alberta homebuyers an
unprecedented opportunity to get into the home of their
dreams for substantial savings.

There are no hoops to jump through – just purchase your
new home between March 6th and May 15th, 2020.
That’s it. Don’t delay!

Spring Time To Move Promotion Details

  • Promotion applies to new home purchases in the
    Melcor communities of Evergreen, Vanier Woods East
    and Laredo.
  • Applies to any current quick possession or custom
    home and eligible showhomes.
  • The promotion will be in effect until May 15th, 2020.

We thank you for your patronage of our builders and our
fine neighbourhoods.

For more information on the promotion, contact our builders in any of the communities below.

View Homes for Sale in Red Deer Today


Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

New Evergreen Video

As the temperature drops, many of us are retreating indoors, as close to a fireplace as possible. Sometimes it’s difficult to appreciate the beauty of winter. 

Our latest Evergreen video can help! Explore Evergreen from the perspective of a snowflake floating through the community.

Feeling inspired? The winter recreation options in Evergreen are endless. Bundle up and get cozy under the blanket of white that’s covering Evergreen. Walk the path around the ponds and over the bridges or take the trails less traveled.

Don’t forget to pay a visit to our showhomes along the way for a dose of decor inspo.

Winter is better in Evergreen.

Click the play button below to watch our winter wonderland video.

We're Nominated!

Help Evergreen win the title of Healthy Living Leader in the 2020 Central Alberta Leadership in Health Awards!

The awards are in the spirit of recognizing local businesses that promote healthy, active lifestyles in our community.

The Evergreen community is nominated in the Leadership in Healthy Living category, recognizing the ways in which Evergreen’s options for recreation and integration with nature contribute to a healthier Red Deer.

Hundreds of votes are pouring in for Red Deer’s favourite health leaders – but we’re falling a bit behind. To learn more about Evergreen’s healthy lifestyle, visit our community page.

Then, head over to theexpo.ca to cast your vote! You can vote once per day until voting closes at 5:00pm MT on January 15th, 2020!


Dream Home Lottery

Dream Home, Dream Community

The 2019 Kinsmen Dream Home is Open in Evergreen

Visit the 2019 Kinsmen Dream Home in Evergreen! Located at 3 Eaton Crescent, this luxury home is built by our friends at Larkaun Homes and is valued at $730,000 (incl. gst).

To visit the dream home, turn right onto Evergreen way from 30th Avenue, then turn left on Emerald Drive, left again at Ellington Crescent, and finally, right onto Eaton Crescent.

Dream Home Hours

Saturday & Sunday: 1 – 5pm until December 31, 2019.

Get Directions

The 2019 Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery features many amazing prizes to be won with proceeds from tickets staying right in the community supporting worthy local causes.

Early Bird

The deadline to purchase tickets for the Early Bird draws is THIS SUNDAY, November 24th. The draw will take place November 28th and will be live-streamed on their Facebook page. So hurry in this weekend for your chance at the Early Bird.

Ticket Deadline

The deadline to purchase tickets for the dream home draw and the other amazing prizes is December 31st, 2019!

Dream Home Draw

The draws for the dream home, other prizes, and the 50/50 will be held on January 4th, 2020!

Find Out More

Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery & Melcor

Melcor is a proud supporter of the Red Deer Kinsmen. In fact, the dream home for their annual Dream Home Lottery has been built in a Melcor community for more than 20 years. That’s because we develop neighbourhoods to a higher standard, meaning your dream home is located in your dream community.

If you don’t win your dream home, why not build it? While you’re checking out the stunning lottery home, pop by our showhomes to learn more about living in Evergreen.

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After School Special

After School in Evergreen

Below is our first in a series of lifestyle videos featuring just how natural life in Evergreen can be.

The kids come home from a long day of learning and hang their backpacks in the spacious and organized mud room. A quick change into play clothes and they’re ready to wind-down with a board game.

They head to the basement lounge to set-up while you prepare a snack. 

You join them and claim your spot on the couch to do some reading or turn on the news.

After school is a breeze in Evergreen. Stay tuned for more videos showcasing life in Red Deer’s most natural community!

What is an HOA?

Everything you need to know about Homeowners Associations

The Basics

A Homeowners Association is a non-profit society that manages a community’s features and assets for the benefit of all residents.

In Evergreen, gorgeous natural scenery is accented by its thoughtful amenities and trail system, making it one of Red Deer’s most outstanding neighbourhoods.

HOAs ensure that a higher standard is met in terms of amenities offered, up-keep of those amenities, and overall beauty and longevity of a community.

By purchasing a home in a neighbourhood with an HOA, you automatically become a member and are required to make annual payments.

The initial fees in Evergreen are estimated to be $100 per year.

The Benefits

Melcor builds communities that are more than just a collection of beautiful homes. They are places where families grow and neighbours connect.

They are master-planned and amenity rich. Melcor builds communities to a higher standard than most, which means including amenities that the City will not agree to maintain. 

Certain amenities within a community can only be provided if they can be maintained, via an HOA, such as:

  • Entrance plazas and features including electricity
  • Bridges, waterfalls and water features
  • Feature landscaping and planting
  • Community gateway and roundabout feature

The Legal Stuff

The Evergreen Homeowners Association is a non-profit society.

Membership in a community HOA is mandatory for all homeowners. This includes those living in both single and multi-family dwellings.

An encumbrance, registered on title in favour of the HOA, allows funds to be collected to cover the costs of maintaining and operating the HOA. A board of directors administers the HOA in accordance with the Articles of Association. Residents of Evergreen can hold director positions on the board.

Each homeowner is required to pay an annual fee to the HOA. Fees are collected once per year, with a maximum allowable fee set in the encumbrance on title.

You will receive an invoice for your fees in the mail. You will be given a variety of ways to pay your fees including:

  • Online
  • By cheque
  • By credit card

Unpaid HOA fees are sent to collections. A lien may be registered against your land title for unpaid fees.

Evergreen Phase 1 Amenities

These amenities in phase one will be maintained by the Evergreen HOA.

Choose Your Lot

Builder Inventory Update!

The first showhomes in our showhome parade are beginning to open. Meanwhile, the first families are moving into Evergreen. If you’re looking for your opportunity to live in Red Deer’s most natural community, don’t wait! Lots in phase 1 are selling quickly.

We’ve updated our initial map of phase 1, showing which home builders have lots in Evergreen and where. It’s a great tool for you to use to choose your home based on location and builder. 

Spring is just around the corner & we are looking forward to our entire parade opening. In the meantime, visit our builders in their current showhomes in Evergreen and Laredo or contact them by phone or email to learn more about Evergreen and to purchase your lot. 

Current Showhome Information

In Evergreen
Abbey Platinum Master Built
32 Ellington Crescent

In Laredo

Asset Builders 17 Longmire Crescent
Falcon Homes 141 Lalor Drive
Krest Homes 9 Larratt Close
Larkaun Homes 85 Longmire Close
McGonigal Signature Homes 136 Larratt Close
Sorento Custom Homes 69 Larratt Close

True-Line Homes
15 Little Close

Other Contact Information
Email Address
Unique Elevations doreen@uniqueelevations.com

Bedrock Homes

Mason Martin Homes

Lots by Builder

Click the button below to choose your desired lot. Then, use the table to the left to visit or contact that builders’ current showhome in Evergreen or Laredo.

Please note: If the lot you would like is listed as “For Sale by Melcor”, please contact the approved builder of your choice to inquire.

Year in Review

Season's Greetings!

It’s easy to look forward – to the next holiday party, next week, or even next year. We’re ready to take on 2019, but the holiday season is a reminder to slow down and use this time to reflect.

2018 was the year that saw Evergreen begin to evolve into its natural beauty. In 2019, we will do exciting things like:

  • Open our Streetscape showhomes in the spring
  • Watch the 2019 Kinsmen Dream Home take shape in Evergreen, opening in the fall and built by Larkaun Homes
  • Move-in the first Evergreen families and watch the community grow

But in order to get where we’re going we have to know where we’ve been.

Here’s what we did in 2018:

Features & Amenities

  • We planted 611 trees, 766 shrubs, 2,396 perennials and 635 grasses
  • The entrance feature and plaza were completed
  • Began creating the bridge and waterfall feature in the central park

Lots & Home Construction

  • 33 acres were developed into:
    • 118 single-family lots
    • 47 street townhome lots
    • A 2 acre multi-family site
    • 6.4 acres of open park space
  • 9 of 12 streetscape showhomes are under construction
  • 12 homes have been presold and are either under construction or preparing for construction

Roads & Trails

  • All roadways and paved rear lanes were completed
  • Decorative streetlights have been installed
  • The trail system has been laid out and paving has begun
  • 650 metres of asphalt trails were laid, looping around the constructed wetland

Follow Us for More

For more beautiful progress photos and updates in the New Year, follow us on Instagram & Facebook.


From everyone here at Melcor, working to bring the Evergreen vision to life, we wish you and your family a joyous holiday season.

Introducing: Streetscape Homes

Evergreen will be Red Deer’s newest community with old school charm. It will feature the modern amenities that fit today’s lifestyle wrapped around a collection of architecturally interesting homes.

For the first time, we will add new housing options to the Red Deer market, like Streetscape Homes.

Being the first to allow a variety of home styles in the same community will create more choice for home buyers while diversifying the streetscape of the community.

Streetscape Homes include a front-attached garage but shift the eye’s focus to the overall design of the home. Things like the front door, veranda or porch become the focal point of the exterior, instead of a protruding garage. 

This is accomplished by shortening the distance between the sidewalk and your front door.

Watch the video

Watch the video below to see how the main features of the home become flush with the garage, blending it in with the architectural detail and adding curb appeal.

Evergreen is proud to be the first community in Red Deer to offer new home styles, more choice, and ultimately the charm that you used to only find in mature neighbourhoods.

Streetscape Homes are now available to purchase in Evergreen. Visit one of our approved builders for more information.

Evergreen offers so many choices, naturally.