Delta residents going through the downstairs entrance of the new Cascades Casino Delta will be greeted by a colourful mural depicting local elements and nature themes.
Representatives with Gateway Casinos & Entertainment on Wednesday afternoon unveiled the whimsical wall artwork by Tsawwassen artist Gary Nay, a day prior to the grand opening celebration of the gaming facility.
Nay told the Optimist his work is titled Field Bet, a form of bet in the game of craps. He said it highlights the integration of the new casino in the Delta landscape, which includes farming and fishing, with the Cascade Mountains in the background.
Nay’s other works includes a colourful outside mural on the wall of the Telus building in Ladner Village.
Also, on hand at the mural unveiling on Wednesday was Delta South MLA Ian Paton, who was impressed with Nay’s use of colours and how Nay showed so many elements depicting Delta themes in one piece.
Upstairs, the gaming floor was already opening to invited gamblers in a “test and tune” of the equipment and newly hired staff ahead of Thursday's official opening.
The casino is located next to the interchange of highways 99 and 17. An adjoining hotel is to open at a later date.
Details on the construction progress and the opening date for the hotel have not been released by Delta Marriott.