Phase one of the upgrades to Sylvan Lake Park is officially completed.
The upgrades included one kilometre of asphalt trail to improve accessibility around the pier, as well as landscaping, which included the planting of 27 trees and 40 shrubs.
“That also including grating and sodding, mostly around the pier, but even heading east towards beach washroom one,” said Parks Manager Lee Furlotte.
The “Sylvan Lake” lettered blue and yellow sign, and the two fire pits were also a part of the phase one upgrades.
The fire pits will be used throughout the winter village on Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s.
“We had additional installation of bench chairs and receptacles and then we added a 200 foot boardwalk along the northern strip of the pier,” continued Furlotte.
Furlotte said they also added a landscape feature next to the beach washrooms where they brought in a “massive” tree and incorporated it into a design where they added some flagstone and shrubs in an area where they had been struggling to grow grass.
“It’s still a little early to say exactly what will take place in the next phase,” Furlotte explained, who said it will be determined by budget and project work plan approvals from Council.
“Administration will be proposing the continuation of the trail, continuation of planting trees and landscaping upgrades, and then probably trying to incorporate some public art into the park as well,” said Furlotte.
“We’re just trying to improve and expand visitors’ experience along the waterfront,” continued Furlotte. “I guess the benefits of owning the provincial park is that we can give attention to it and provide improvements as we see [fit].”
Furlotte added pictures of the upgrades will be posted to the Town website shortly.