One of the many consultants and planners for Pogadl Park speaks with a Sylvan Lake resident about the plans for the 80-acre sports park during the recent open house. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

Sylvan Lake moving forward with ambitious park plan

Phase One of the sports park is planned to begin construction next year

The Town of Sylvan Lake is moving forward with plans for Pogadl Park, a future sports amenity on the west side of the community.

The town recently released its outline for the park at an open house, sharing details about the concept design, the park’s usage and more.

Kyle Teune, a project manager with community services, says the park will be developed in phases over multiple years.

“What will decide how long it takes to build this park is funding. Based on funding, it could be five years, or 10 years, depending on what we can do,” Teune said.

The favoured concept design was chosen by council in January.

Phase 1 includes rough grading of the entire park, development of the park entrance and roadway, as well as the development of four baseball diamonds.

“The quad of diamonds is in Phase 1 because the user groups told us it was of the greatest need,” Teune explained, adding it is possible to see a campground also built in the initial phase.

A $2.3-million budget has been apprved for the earliest construction.

The town hopes to begin construction next year and have the first games and tournaments held at the baseball diamonds by 2021.

The park will include six baseball diamonds, an outdoor hockey rink, soccer fields, a multi-purpose field, volleyball courts and a splash park.

Teune says the real benefit of the park is how multi-functional it will become.

“This will be something the whole family can enjoy in summer or in winter,” he said, adding, “the multi-use field could be used for football, soccer, or even outdoor events like concerts.”

The total cost of constructing the sports park is expected to exceed $25 million.

The town is also seeking grant funding and sponsorship opportunities to help offset the costs.

The land being used for the park was donated by the Pogadl family in 2016. In the memory of Ed and Glenda Pogadl, the Town of Sylvan Lake is using a 20-acre donation to build what will eventually be an 80-acre sports park.

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