Sylvan Lake council approves concept plan for new park

Pogadl Park will eventally be home to numerous ball diamonds and sports fields

Sylvan Lake town council has approved the designs for a major recreation and sports park.

Pogadl Park, to be built on the town’s west side, comes with an early estimated price tag of $26 million.

The park is expected to include six ball diamonds, three soccer and sports fields, volleyball, basketball and pickle ball courts, an outdoor hockey rink, campground and amenity building with change rooms, spray park and playground. A trail will ring the park and connect the various features.

The project got a big boost in 2016 when the Pogadl family donated 20 acres and sold another 60 acres to the town.

A concept design was created after extensive public involvement and input from local sports groups and other users.

To be developed in phases, the project is expected to take many years before it is fully completed.

“One thing that is important to keep in mind is, this is a long-term plan with incremental,

phased development,” says Mayor Sean McIntyre in a statement.

“Once adopted, actual construction will take years, and will rely on community support, partnerships, and possible grant opportunities.”

McIntyre also said that although council has approved concept plans, the design is not set in stone.

“The design concept for Pogadl Park may change over time, as the town identifies opportunities and challenges, partnerships, as well as collects public feedback.”

The next step will see a project plan for the first phase of construction brought to council for approval. Just under $1.7 million in funding has been set aside in this year’s capital plan.

Improving the town’s outdoor recreation options has long been a priority and is part of the 2018-21 council strategic plan.

The current baseball diamonds were constructed in the 1980s and are located at Four Seasons Park, which can’t be expanded because of its location and proximity to major roads.

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