Sylvan Lake keeping up with growth

NexSource Centre will be the recreational hub this thriving community has needed

Being one of Canada’s fastest growing communities brings some expectations.

For Sylvan Lake residents, many of those were met with the recent opening of the $33.5-million NexSource Centre.

I think it was a long time coming,” said Joanne Gaudet, town communication officer.

“I think everyone felt not only excitement, but a sense of relief as well, when they were able to walk through those doors.”

The facility has been open since the end of March but last weekend the town made it official with a grand opening followed by a weekend of activities and free admission.

Until the end of the month, residents can six-month or one-year facility passes for half price.

As far back as 2010, when the town released its Recreation, Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan, the need for a new recreation facility was identified.

“So we’ve fulfilled that need,” she said.

Besides providing a new arena to replace the one that collapsed under the weight of snow in early 2014, the facility allows the town to offer residents more variety.

“There are new programs we have never been able to offer, let alone fill,” she said. “(There is) everything from intro to dance and fitness classes were something we kind of never really got into before.”

“In the years prior we always used to a recreation and culture needs survey throughout the year,” she said.

Now, the town not only knows what residents want, they can give it to them.

With growth showing little sign of slowing, Sylvan Lake is already looking at its “next best thing,” she said.

Last year, a local family donated 20 acres for the park and the town spent just over $1 million to buy another 54 acres from the family.

Four baseball diamond, two soccer fields, multi-use artificial turf field, cricket pitch,volleyball courts and cricket pitch will be built along with a basketball court that will become an outdoor ice rink in winter. The park will also have a fieldhouse, special events green space and a 25-stall RV camping site.

The new sports park will be known as Pogadl Park in recognition of the the land donation in the name of Ed and Glenda Pogadl.

“We’re continuing to grow and we’re continuing to plan to accommodate that growth.”

pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

Just Posted

BREAKING: Red Deer to host Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2018

The CFR is expected to bring $20-30 million annually to Red Deer and region

The cost of flushing sanitary wipes is brought to Red Deer city council

More public education is needed about what not to flush down toilets

Veterans’ Park barrier key to pedestrian safety, says Red Deer traffic engineer

The recently roughed-up concrete barrier in front of Veterans’ Park has seen… Continue reading

Man accused of home invasion in court

Victim was shot and cut with machete in September 2017 attack

WATCH: Rebels play floor hockey with Annie L. Gaetz students

The Rebels may be on a losing streak but they were definitely… Continue reading

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag at Pyeongchang Olympics

Not since Kurt Browning at the 1994 Lillehammer Games has a figure… Continue reading

Beer Canada calls on feds to axe increasing beer tax as consumption trends down

OTTAWA — A trade association for Canada’s beer industry wants the federal… Continue reading

Central Albertans recall Hawaii’s false missile alert

Former Red Deer councillor Paul Harris was hanging out at the Ka’anapali… Continue reading

This robotic maid takes us one step closer to ‘The Jetsons’

Imagine this: You’re rushing to get ready for work — juggling emails,… Continue reading

Milan line offers canine couture for pampered pooches

Milan has long been the world’s ready-to-wear fashion leader. Now, dogs are… Continue reading

Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye welcome baby girl

NEW YORK — It’s a girl for Kim Kardashian West and her… Continue reading

Advocate poll takers oppose plastic bag ban

Red Deer Advocate readers like their plastic bags. In an Advocate poll,… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month