Input sought for Sylvan multiplex

Sylvan Lake Town Council will take plans for a proposed multiplex facility back to the public for feedback.

Sylvan Lake Town Council will take plans for a proposed multiplex facility back to the public for feedback.

The town has been looking at building a new sports and community facility for some time.

A feasibility study commissioned a year ago and completed earlier this year suggested building a two-arena facility with gymnasium, indoor running track, sports courts, activity areas, meeting spaces and a concession that would cost about $21 million.

It would be located on the site of the existing arena at 48th Street and 48th Avenue.

On Monday, council reviewed some proposed concept designs, which included a seniors centre and child activity centre as part of the project.

Council also discussed whether a new four-sheet curling rink should be included as part of the facility. It was decided not to make the curling rink part of the facility.

However. council pledged to work with the curling club on replacing the existing rink.

Coun. Laverne Asselstine said including a seniors centre was a good idea, especially considering that the number of seniors in Canada are expected to grow in coming years.

Ron Lebsack, the town’s director of leisure and protective services, said the existing seniors centre is too small and they want a new home to be located in the downtown core of the community.

Coun. Sean McIntyre said given the scale of the project it is important that the public get another chance to look at what is proposed before the project is taken any further.

It is expected an open house will be held in the next month or so to present the latest concept drawings.

It is also important that the town approach local community and sports groups to enlist their financial support, said Coun. Ken MacVicar.

Without help from local organizations the multi-million project will not go ahead.

Once public input has been received, a task force will be created to work on detailed designs and develop a budget for the project.

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