File Photo.

Town of Sylvan Lake launches skate park ambassador pilot program

The skate park ambassador will be on-site Tuesday through Saturday to engage users and relationships

The Town of Sylvan Lake has decided to introduce a skate park ambassador.

At the regular council meeting on June 22 the pilot Skate Park Ambassador Project was proposed and then passed.

The project is a part of the Town’s “ongoing efforts to provide a safe and welcoming skate/action sports park experience for all users,” says a release on the Town’s website.

During the pilot, the skate park ambassador is scheduled to be on-site Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. until mid-September.

“While on duty, the ambassador’s role is to engage with users, and help foster healthy relationships within the skate and action sport community,” reads the release.

Additional responsibilities include a daily park inspection, sweeping of the skate surface and waxing of rails, as well as hourly cleaning of the washrooms with attention to health and safety measures as the COVID-19 pandemic is continued to be navigated.

Litter and garbage removal, and landscape maintenance are also included in the list of responsibilities.

The ambassador may also help educate park users on proper etiquette, flow and technique.

According to the council package, the position for the pilot program will be filled by an existing Parks staff member who is a park regular and active member of the skate park community.

The ambassador will wear a yellow Town of Sylvan Lake shirt and signage will be posted while on duty.

Pending Alberta Health Services recommendations, the ambassador may also be responsible for coordinating competitions with users and industry partners on a monthly or bi-weekly basis.

The Town had received concerns from members of the public about the park regarding bullying, foul language and inappropriate music launching engagement sessions and surveys being conducted over the past couple of years, states the council package from Monday night.

“From previous engagement sessions with the skate park/action sport community, the Town learned that music was often a source of contention between varying age groups,” the release says. “The pilot project includes the addition of a mobile tent/speaker system to play amplified ‘all-age-appropriate’ music.”

The skate park is scheduled to be closed June 24-25 as concrete work is completed as part of the Town’s 2020 Skate Park enhancement Project.

skateboarding

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Central zone down to 19 active COVID-19 cases on Thursday

Provincially, 158 new COVID-19 cases were identified

Alberta politicians reject throne speech

Premier Kenney disapointed with lack of support for Alberta energy

Central zone has 20 active cases of COVID-19

Province identified 143 new cases across Alberta on Wednesday

Sylvan Lake Municipal Library going waste free with new program

The Zero Waste DIY program begins on Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. on Zoom

COVID-19: Active cases in central zone up Tuesday

Central zone active cases remains lowest of all zones

Liberals vow wage-subsidy extension to 2021, revamp of EI system in throne speech

Canadian labour market was hammered by pandemic, when lockdowns in the spring led to a loss of 3 million jobs

Hundreds die from opioid overdoses in Alberta as COVID-19 pandemic hit

Jason Luan said the province is not alone in seeing a rise in deaths,

Wetaskiwin/ Camrose RCMP conduct a joint forces initiative with Camrose Police Service

The multifaceted joint forces initiative with on Sept. 23, 2020 proved very successful.

‘Won’t be gathering for Thanksgiving:’ Trudeau says COVID-19 2nd wave underway

In all, COVID-19 has killed about 9,250 people in Canada

Searchers find bodies in Jasper National Park, remains believed to be missing couple

RCMP along with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner continue to investigate

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

Liberal effort to reset policy agenda panned by rivals as too much talk, not action

Trudeau said it’s ‘all too likely’ families won’t be able to gather for Thanksgiving next month

Most Read