Council touting downtown site for special events

Town council wants to see more special events taking place on the ‘Old Hotel Site’ on the corner of Lakeshore Drive and 50 Street.

Town council wants to see more special events taking place on the ‘Old Hotel Site’ on the corner of Lakeshore Drive and 50 Street.

Councillors discussed potential uses for the site in light of the site’s omission from the mobile vending pilot project that begins this spring.

Coun. Megan Chernoff said she felt the site acted as a “fabulous location for special events,” and wondered how the Town could encourage more of them to take place on it.

Coun. Matt Prete agreed, and felt special events — as opposed to a more permanent fixture — would be the most suitable option for the site.

He said he’d like to see community groups make use of the site’s convenient location and functionality for their events and fundraisers.

“They’d have an area or location, it’s safe with the fencing, and it’s a fantastic venue,” he said. “That’s why I see it as a special events (site) as opposed to an ongoing business being there.”

Mayor Sean McIntyre noted that the now-defunct Shake the Lake festival had been previously held successfully on the grounds. That festival came complete with a stage, bouncy castles, mini-golf games, a halfpipe and “well over a couple thousand people,” according to McIntyre — “all at the same time.”

“As far as an attractor for downtown is concerned, that’s a huge attractor,” he said.

Chief administrative officer Betty Osmond offered councillors clarification on what may constitute a special event.

“If an organization wanted to put a busker or a food vendor down there, I don’t think you can justify that as a special event,” she said. “It is fairly broad, but we can’t take it to the point where we’re actually taking mobile vending and making it an event itself.

“I think in terms of what we’ve seen, we can pretty much accommodate anything we want.”

Council approved a motion directing administration, when renewing the lease for the site, to seek permission for special events to be held regularly on it.

The site may be utilized for temporary mobile vending only during special events.


Just Posted

Hard fought win for HJ Cody senior boys Lakers

Lakers took on Camrose Jan. 10 at home and waked away with a 76-65 win

Hope restored: Sylvan Lake resident receives kidney donation from younger sister

Sylvan Lake’s Lexie Libby undergo an operation for a new kidney, donated by her sister Emma.

Anglers reminded to register ice huts on Sylvan Lake

Lacombe County is reminding anglers to register their huts with the “Take it Off” program

WATCH: Pro-pipeline convoy travels through Sylvan Lake

Over 600 vehicles drove the route from Red Deer and back on Jan. 12

Sylvan Lake library hosting fifth annual XOX Valentines Party

The ladies only event will be held at the Sylvan Lake Municipal Library on Feb. 1

UK lawmakers reject Brexit deal in 432-202 vote

House of Commons votes against the deal struck between Britain’s government and the EU

WATCH: World-renowned illusionist, magician, escapist performs in Stettler

Matt Johnson performs two sold-out shows at Stettler Performing Arts Centre

Olivia and Liam top list for Alberta baby names in 2018

Premier Rachel Notley announced the top baby names in Alberta in 2018; Loki didn’t make the cut

Edmonton Police charged 236 people with auto theft in 2018

Police states many of the thefts are crimes of opportunity

Official torchbearers for 2019 Canada Winter Games announced

Canada Games officials open time capsule from Grande Prairie Games in 1995

Sylvan Lake Municipal Library encourages residents to Read for 15

Read for 15 is an annual event held in connection to Family Literacy Day.

Alberta Health Services, United Nurses of Alberta reach agreement to settle union grievance of nursing staffing shortage

Settlement includes the designation of 11.7 full-time-equivalent Registered Nurse relief positions

Woman’s complaint leads to sexual assault charge against Calgary priest

Malcolm Joe D’Souza, who is 62, has been charged with one count of sexual assault

Most Read