Celebrate with us: Grand Openings for new County recreational areas

(Lacombe County, Alberta, August 10, 2017) – Lacombe County invites the public to three grand opening celebrations for some new recreational areas. These new offerings are Anderson Park (east side of Gull Lake), Mary & Cliff Soper Natural Area (east of the Blackfalds Bottle Depot on South Street), and Sandy Point Beach (west side of Gull Lake).

“We are so pleased to offer these areas to people of all ages and interests, so they can enjoy the outdoors in our beautiful county,” said Reeve Paula Law. “Each location provides a different way to enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s playing a game of disc golf, enjoying nature on some quiet trails, or soaking up the sun at the beach.”

Details of these events are as follows:

Anderson Park (August 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Location: East side of Gull Lake, between Wilson’s Beach Estates and New Saratoga

Situated on 26 acres, Anderson Park was donated by Mr. Jack Anderson, who requested that the county use the space for recreational and natural amenities that everyone could enjoy. To bring his request to life, the County has designed Anderson Park to include a balance of fun and relaxation. It features a variety of amenities, including nature trails, pollinator gardens, an amphitheatre, and a gazebo, as well as the disc golf course, playground, paleontology pit, basketball courts, musical instruments, and volleyball courts.

Mary & Cliff Soper Natural Area (August 18, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

East of the Blackfalds Bottle Depot on South Street / Twp 394

The land for the Mary & Cliff Soper Natural Area was donated by the Sopers in early 2017. Cliff, a Lacombe County Councillor from 2001 – 2013, was passionate about the environment and about creating natural spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy. The gifted land is approximately 25 acres, and is located east of Blackfalds. It will remain in its natural state and it will be open to the public for passive recreational purposes. Lacombe County has constructed a parking area for the Mary & Cliff Soper Natural Area leading to trails for everyone to enjoy, similar to those found at the J.J. Collett Natural Area.

Sandy Point Beach (August 23, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Follow the signs to the west side of Gull Lake

With approximately 6.5 acres of lakeside space dedicated for public use, Sandy Point Beach serves as a solid example of what can be accomplished when the developer and municipality share a common vision. The development concept for Sandy Point RV Resort required the developer to provide public amenities, to be later turned over to the County to maintain. For example, the beach, parking lot and playground equipment were constructed and funded by the developers of Sandy Point RV Resort, but will be maintained by Lacombe County. Sandy Point has become a highly visited beach, with an average of 130 people / day this summer, and a peak of 925 people in a single day on July 15.

For more information, please contact:

Nicole Plewis
Communications Coordinator
Lacombe County