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Town Of Sylvan Lake Looking To Acquire Its Provincial Park


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By Sheldon Spackman

The Town of Sylvan Lake is going ahead with plans to request to the Province of Alberta the divestiture of the Sylvan Lake Provincial Park to the Town of Sylvan Lake. As a result, the Town is requesting the Province provide a total funding allocation to the Town in the amount of $1.96 million, as part of the request.

In a release, Mayor Sean McIntyre says  “The transfer of land will increase access to the lake, create opportunities to better manage park visitor experience, and contribute to the ongoing municipal efforts to expand local tourism economy. We’re anticipating a complete, integrated plan for the entire waterfront area, with the goal of ensuring quality public access to the lakefront.”

Town officials say if the Provincial Park is acquired, the Town will further be able to diversify its economy in an area already proven strong in tourism. They say the Town already has a proven track record of developing, operating and maintaining lands for public recreation and tourism, as evidenced through the redevelopment of Lakeshore Drive and Centennial Park. The Town has also held the maintenance contract for the Sylvan Lake Provincial Park for the past four years, providing a level of service that exceeds the requirements within the contract.

Since 2008, the Town of Sylvan Lake has taken over management of the washroom replacement project along Lakeshore Drive, the Centennial Park portion of the Sylvan Lake Provincial Park and received ownership of Lakeshore Drive (formerly Highway 11A), from the Province and embarked
on a downtown redevelopment project.

(Photo courtesy of the Town of Sylvan Lake)

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