Town of Sylvan Lake moves provincial park acquisition plan forward

By Troy Gillard (@Troy_Gillard)
October 11, 2017 - 1:22pm

The Town of Sylvan Lake has signed off on its side of the deal to acquire Sylvan Lake Provincial Park.

Now it’ll be up to the province to do the same.

At their meeting Tuesday night, Town Council approved a purchase offer that would see the divestiture of Sylvan Lake Provincial Park to the Town of Sylvan Lake. It also asks for $1.946 million from the province to cover costs associated with acquiring the park (maintenance, landscaping, signage, etc.)

The Town says its main reason for acquiring the park is “to preserve and maintain the future use of the lands for public access and recreation.”

Sylvan Lake Provincial Park was established in 1932 and was transferred to the Town in the 1960s before being re-established as a Provincial Park in 1980.

A study examining the possible transfer of the park back to the Town was started in 2003 but never got off the ground. Current talks for transferring the park got underway late last year. 

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