According to the Red Deer Advocate, Sylvan Lake will be getting a skatepark soon:

New skateboard site ‘a good fit’ for Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake skateboarders can officially look forward to a new skatepark at the town’s Four Seasons Park.

Town council has approved a recommendation from the task force that has been searching for a site for the proposed skatepark.

It considered at least four locations before zeroing in on the park at 47th Avenue and 43rd Street. It benefits from a central location and is already widely used by ball and soccer leagues. The Sylvan Lake and District Family and Community Centre is nearby.

Mayor Susan Samson is confident the committee has picked a winner.

“We looked at so many different locations and at the last public open house (the skatepark) was overwhelmingly supported at Four Seasons,” she said. “It’s a good fit because it’s a recreational area.”

Being near the community centre means there are staff around if needed, as well as washrooms and plenty of parking. The ball diamonds also screen the park partially from nearby homes.

Council has been a big booster of the skatepark. It has approved $325,000 to be used for design and construction of the first part of the skatepark.

A local fundraising society has also been formed to generate more cash to expand the skatepark.

The society plans to apply for provincial grants as well as organize fundraising events.

“(The skatepark) will be usable with the amount of money we have allocated,” said the mayor. “It can become bigger and grander depending on what money comes from the user groups.”

Other locations that were rejected included a spot near Lakeshore Drive, next to H.J. Cody High School, and on Beacon Hill, close to the town’s new RCMP station.

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