by Kevin Lapp
on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 at 2:04pm.
The town of Sylvan Lake, Alta., west of Red Deer is planning a major redevelopment of its waterfront as it hopes to bring in more visitors and boost business in the town.
The Reimagine Sylvan plan will guide one of the most significant changes in the town's history, making sure it stays relevant and attractive to both businesses and tourists.
A big component in shaping the future of the town will be deciding what should be built on the site of the old Wild Rapids Water Park. It closed in 2016 after 34 years, leaving a vacant space in a prime location.
But they are big shoes to fill. The water park was Sylvan Lake's main attraction, playing a big part in making the town one of the most popular destinations for tourists, homeowners and developers.
"The town has purchased the old water park land and that will be a really significant development right on the waterfront," said Joel Johannson with Sylvan Lake's Chamber of Commerce. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really capitalize on this large development that will be right on the water."
"Tourism is a huge component here and the enhanced waterfront will be great for drawing more people in," said Johannson. "You can feel in town that everyone's excited and looking to the future. We're primed and ready to do business here," Mayor Sean McIntyre
The town wants to see more development and more new businesses, and that is already happening.