Citizens of Ponoka Invited to Give Feedback on Plans for Expansion of Skateboard Park and New Dog Park

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“There have been many requests and interests expressed by the citizens of Ponoka over the years for a new dog park and improvements to our current skateboard park,” said Sandra Lund, executive director of the town of Ponoka. “We are excited to initiate the design development process for these park improvements to begin moving these projects forward.”

Officials say concept plans for the skateboard park expansion could see the existing Hamilton Skate Park extended south to include the space currently occupied by the town of Ponoka’s former recycling yard. In the meantime, the sidewalk in front of Hamilton Skate Park would also be extended south to connect to the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Battle River and connects to the river valley trail system.

Elsewhere, the proposed location for the new dog park is on the east side of 49th Street on recently acquired land across from the City of Ponoka Public Works Yard. Concept plans for the new dog park include a new parking lot and trail extension that would connect to the North Trailhead of the Battle River Valley Trail System at the Green Bridge.

Once public feedback is collected on the concept plans for the two parks, officials say the city will create more detailed designs based on the feedback received, which will then be presented to the public for comment later in the year.

Construction of the new dog park and expanded skateboard park will be subject to future review and approval of the facility’s design, location and budgets by City Council. Both projects are said to align with the council’s strategic priorities of improving the quality of life for the citizens of Ponoka through improved recreational facilities. Planning and design development for both parks is also based on recommendations from the Downtown Action Plan and the City of Ponoka Recreation Master Plan.

Citizens who visit the Town’s booth at the Ponoka Trade Show on April 8 and 9 will also have the chance to:

  • Sign up for the new indoor recreation program being offered for the first time at the Ponoka Arena Complex this spring;
  • Learn about recent improvements to Ponoka’s trails, parks and recreational facilities;
  • Sign up to receive tax and assessment notices by email and enter a contest to win a free recreational pass; and
  • Enter to win a gift basket from the city.

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