County recognized for innovative parks excellence

October 22, 2016

County recognized for innovative parks excellence

Strathcona County has won a 2016 Parks Excellence Award from the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association for the County’s work on its Emerald Hills Regional Park, Centennial Park and Millennium Place sports fields.

The new Emerald Hills Regional Park is a 27-acre park site that features a grass sports field, two ball diamonds and Strathcona County’s first artificial turf field which is FIFA II certified. This project is a successful outcome of the County’s Open Space and Recreation Facility Strategy, which was approved by Council in 2008.

In addition to being well utilized by the community, Emerald Hills Regional Park, Centennial Park and the sports fields at Millennium Place have hosted a number of competitions including the college soccer games, university football practises, the 2014 Canada 55+ Games, Argentina National Team, River Plate Football Club and Everton Football Club as well as the Alberta Soccer Nationals.

The Parks Excellence Award was initiated by Alberta Recreation and Parks Association’s Parks and Open Space Network to recognize achievements or innovative ideas in parks and open space operations. The last time Strathcona County won a Parks Excellence Award was in 1996.

The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to building healthier and happier communities and people, by developing and promoting recreation and parks across the province.

More information about the facilities or call 780-467-2211.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, StrathconaCounty is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595