Sylvan Lake (Alberta) is set to take a significant step forward in establishing itself as a leading sports tourism destination with the approval of funding for the next phase of the Pogadl Park project.
The town council voted unanimously to borrow CA$7 million for the project, which will be used to construct an RV campground, roads, parking lots, and trails, among other things. The park, when completed, will feature a range of sports facilities, including six baseball diamonds, an outdoor hockey rink, and a splash park.
The park has been developed with extensive community involvement over the past five years and has been closely monitored by the town administration. The estimated cost of the 10-year project is CA$40 million, with the loan to be paid back over 25 years with estimated yearly payments of CA$550,000. The first payment of CA$275,000 will be made later this year.
Mayor Megan Hanson sees the park as an essential economic driver for the town, with the potential to bring in significant revenue from sports tourism. With the town’s population having doubled since 2001 and expected to continue growing, the park is a necessary investment for the community’s future.
This development also presents a great opportunity for private campground owners and operators in Canada. The construction of the RV campground in Pogadl Park will provide an additional source of revenue for these businesses, as sports tourists will be able to rent RVs and stay in the park while they attend events and participate in recreational activities. The park’s location in Sylvan Lake, a rapidly growing community, also means that there is a large potential customer base for private campground owners and operators.
Councillor Tim Mearns, who referred to the park as a “jewel in the community,” emphasized the importance of moving forward with the project. He said that delaying the next phase would only make it more expensive to build later.
The approval of funding for the Pogadl Park project is an exciting step forward for Sylvan Lake and will bring many benefits to the town and its residents. With the construction of the RV campground, private campground owners and operators in Canada can also expect to see new opportunities for revenue and growth.