Sylvan Lake park transfer could benefit economy

A proposed transfer of Sylvan Lake Provincial Park to the Town of Sylvan Lake could provide a significant economic boost for the community.

  • Mar. 15, 2017 5:00 a.m.

A proposed transfer of Sylvan Lake Provincial Park to the Town of Sylvan Lake could provide a significant economic boost for the community.

The Town of Sylvan Lake has requested control of the popular urban park to allow the town to better promote the area and to license and manage waterfront business activity.

The proposed transfer would require the park to remain open for public recreation purposes only. No commercial or residential development would be allowed. A 60-day public feedback period will take place before a final decision is made.

“Sylvan Lake Provincial Park is already a destination for Albertan families, creating huge economic benefits for the region,” said Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks. “We have the potential to further support job creation, tourism and the local economy.”

The province and the town have talked in the past about a transfer agreement, which would pave the way for town council to implement its Waterfront Area Redevelopment Plan. The Provincial Parks Act limits the town’s ability to carry out its plan.

Sylvan Lake wants to authorize and manage special events and advance tourism and economic development objectives.

The province does not generate any revenue from the park because it’s a day use area only. If the transfer goes ahead, future maintenance funding for the park would be redirected to other provincial parks.

Before a decision on a possible transfer is made, Albertans are invited to comment on the proposal atAlbertaParks.ca/consult. Following the 60-day public feedback period, comments will be summarized to inform a final decision.

Just Posted

Toque Toss brings in warm clothing for communities

Bantam AA Tigers asked attendees at their Dec. 10 game to toss hats, mitts, socks and more on the ice

Senior girls win gold at home tournament

The H.J. Cody Lakers hosted a basketball tournament Dec. 8-9

Christmas classics and more at the House of Music Christmas Recital

The Christmas recital was held at the Alliance Church on Dec. 9

Photo: Visit with Santa Claus

Old St. Nick stopped for a special visit at Canadian Tire on Dec. 9

Sylvan Lake participates in Canada-wide Skate Day

Free Skating was offered at the NexSource Centre, Dec. 10

WATCH: Red Deer’s Outreach Centre begins construction with a smash

Dragon Fly Centre, a location dedicated to healing for children and youth

WestJet Christmas video turns children’s wishes into reality

This year’s annual video took a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas

Firefighters protect seaside California towns as blaze rages

A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday

Putin declares victory on visit to air base in Syria

Declaring a victory in Syria, Putin on Monday visited a Russian military air base in the country and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the Mideast nation.

Pipe bomb explodes in NYC subway

Pipe bomb strapped to man explodes in NYC subway, injuring 4

Toronto FC to hold victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Toronto FC to hold downtown victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Canada’s only commercial spaceport hopes to launch 12 rockets per year

Nova Scotia’s rocket launch site hopes to eventually host 12 launches per year

‘Big Little Lies’ lead Golden Globes

The nominees were announced from Beverly Hills after still-burning fires ravaged Southern California for the past week.

VIDEO: ‘Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with droids, Daisy Ridley

Latests Star Wars film premiered in style ahead of Dec. 15 theatre debut

Most Read