Dream of new skatepark now a reality

What better day to open a new skatepark in Sylvan Lake than on Go Skateboarding Day, said Councillor Sean McIntyre

Councillor Sean McIntyre had an attentive audience of mainly young people during the official opening ceremony for Sylvan Lake’s new skatepark which was officially named Sylvan Lake Optimist Action Sports Zone.

Councillor Sean McIntyre had an attentive audience of mainly young people during the official opening ceremony for Sylvan Lake’s new skatepark which was officially named Sylvan Lake Optimist Action Sports Zone.

What better day to open a new skatepark in Sylvan Lake than on Go Skateboarding Day, said Councillor Sean McIntyre as he hosted the official ceremony for the new recreation facility, last Thursday.

The facility was officially christened Sylvan Lake Optimist Action Sports Zone.

“It’s encouraging to be here after working for such a long time. It’s great to see the enthusiasm,” said McIntyre.

The idea for a new skatepark was initially promoted by Chris Sereda, Mona McArthur and Sam Stewart who were recognized by McIntyre. They’ve been raising money for a new facility for about a decade.

Then more recently the town formed a task force to move the project to fruition. The group was responsible for finding builders, discussing designs and soliciting input from residents.

Mayor Susan Samson recognized the builder, New Line Skateparks as well as contractors Al’s Bobcat and Pro-Care Landscaping. As well she made special mention of Sylvan Lake Optimist Club which secured for a $125,000 provincial grant through the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP).

On hand for the official opening were Jarvis Bay Mayor Bob Thomlinson, Norglenwold Deputy Mayor Beverley Anderson and Sylvan Lake councillors Laverne Asselstine, Graham Parsons, Rick Grimson, as well as McIntyre and Samson.

“This place is for you to play, do what you do best, enjoy it,” said McIntyre, noting it matches the town’s mantra of living, working and playing.

He also told the audience of mainly young people, “it’s your job to care for it, your job to look after it, keep the graffiti off, pick up the garbage. This is our house, our park, we have to protect it, right?” He got a resounding “Yes” in answer.

During the ceremony, Monte Coates, past president of the Optimist club, presented a ceremonial cheque for $125,000.

Then everyone moved around to the sign on the facility and a ribbon was officially cut by McIntyre and Coates.

After the official part of the program, there was food and prizes for those who made use of the complex.