Evergreen Park is nestled among the pines, so it was appropriate that theme was kept for the naming of The Park's restaurant and casino.
It will now be known as The Pines Restaurant & Casino.
"When we were looking for a new name we wanted something that would fit with the Evergreen Park theme," said Evergreen Park Marketing & Sponsorship Manager Don Moon. "We are, literally, in the pines, so naming the facility The Pines Restaurant & Casino made a lot of sense."
The Pines Restaurant & Casino, which is attached to the Gordon Badger Stadium at the Evergreen Park race track, was previously known as The Casino Cafe & Lounge.
The "casino" part includes 99 slot machines while the restaurant, which seats 60, has become increasingly popular with its chef-inspired and very reasonably priced menu.
"The Pines Restaurant & Casino is a bit of a gem in the forest," said Moon. "There are not a lot of sit-down restaurants where you can get a meal for under $8 including soup and the entree."
The restaurant offers daily specials including a day where seniors can get a very reasonably priced meal.
Besides the 99 slot machines, The Pines is one of only two Northern Alberta facilities that also offers off-track betting year-round.
There are six screens in the restaurant that broadcast live horse racing from various tracks in North America. Patrons can bet on those races, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
During July and August The Pines will be busy catering to customers who are visiting The Park to take in live pari-mutuel racing. Grande Prairie is one of only four centres in Alberta that offers live pari-mutuel racing.
The Pines also holds the distinction of one of the longest "happy hours" among all lounges. Happy Hour starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 8 p.m. daily. The Pines is open daily from 10 a.m. until 1 a.m.
STOMPEDE (May 29-June2)
Who: Pro chuckwagon and rodeo performers a midway and much more!
What: Grande Prairie Stompede
When: May 29-June 2
Where: Evergreen Park
Why: To show everyone what our Western heritage is all about!
The 36th annual Grande Prairie Stompede invades Evergreen May 29-June 2. It is the greatest outdoor show in the North! Wednesday and Thursday the rodeo is under the lights following performances by the All Pro Ponies, Western Chuckwagon Association and World Professional Chuckwagon Association. From Friday to Sunday the rodeo starts at 1 p.m. the the chucks at 6 p.m. at the Gordon Badger Stadium. There are also lots of activities going on in and around town as well at the grounds a midway Thursday to Sunday and beer gardens in the TEC Centre on Friday and Saturday.