Local input made priority in beach enhancement project

Sylvan Lake town councillors have decided against spending up to $25,000 to engage input from Albertans

Sylvan Lake town councillors have decided against spending up to $25,000 to engage input from Albertans in the town’s beach enhancement project. They approved a motion Monday night to instead hire an outside consultant to gauge local interest in the project at a cost of no more than $15,000.

Councillors questioned the $25,000 earmarked for a provincial public engagement plan, and felt it would be beneficial to obtain local input first. Public consultation is made mandatory by Alberta Parks, which holds the authority to either approve or deny project applications.

Potential enhancements include creating a sand beach area either above or below the seawall. Removing grass and in-water dredging along the lakefront are options, although the latter is unlikely, based on the outcome of previous meetings held between Alberta Parks and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.