PARKLET PARTY- The Lacombe Matrix U16B team took some time to enjoy a game of ping-pong at the recently installed parklet while on a tour of the Blacksmith Shop Museum. From left clockwise are Keyana Kamps

Parklet program returns to Lacombe

The City of Lacombe is pleased to bring back the popular parklet program for a second year

  • Jun. 25, 2015 6:00 p.m.

The City of Lacombe is pleased to bring back the popular parklet program for a second year, with the installation of two parklets in the City’s downtown – one at the corner of Hwy. 12 and Hwy. 2A, and the other located south of the Blacksmith Shop Museum on 49th St.

“The parklets are one of the ways that the City is implementing its downtown revitalization plan, so that we can provide some seating and park-like spaces to improve the pedestrian environment,” said Planning and Development Manager Lyla Peter. “The parklets have generated a lot of conversation in the community, and we are working to build on the support the project has received from residents.”

Parklets are used in cities across the world to bring seating and shared spaces for pedestrians in urban environments. As they are municipally-led, they must be located on land that a city or town already owns. This often means that they are located in parking spaces or on sidewalks.

Lacombe’s parklets feature a number of recreational amenities including a ping-pong table, which has proven to be quite successful. The City supplies ping-pong rackets and balls in a little box underneath the table and regularly replaces worn out items. The box also holds a number of other fun activities for young and old alike, including sidewalk chalk, playing cards and jump ropes.

“We are also looking to add a new addition to the Blacksmith Shop parklet – a free mini-library,” said Peter. “When the public library was closed due to flooding, staff thought a mini-library could build community spirit while the facility was being restored; however, as they quickly set up temporary operations, the mini-library concept was shifted to the parklet program.”

According to Peter, the parklet program is an evolving concept and that staff are open to new ideas about what should be in the parklets, or where they should be located.

“As the parklet season drew to a close last year, we asked the public for input on where they should be located this year,” said Peter. “We also reached out to the community for suggestions on locations and the Blacksmith Shop Museum location was suggested. As it was on City-owned land, provided some shade, and took the ping-pong table off the street, we thought it was a great location.”

The City is also looking to host a parklet lunch hour event in July, to raise awareness of the program and bring more people into the parklet spaces. Event details will be shared publicly as soon as they become available.

If residents have any questions or comments about the parklet program or the Downtown Area Revitalization Plan (DARP), they can contact the Planning Department at or call 403-782-1264.




Just Posted

Wolf Creek Schools raises Treaty 6 flag for first time

Chiefs, school officials took part in a ceremony that is aimed at acknowledging Treaty 6 land

Lacombe Generals looking to capture Allan Cup on home ice

Generals returning key veterans in hopes avenging last years finals loss

Unsightly properties upcoming focus for Bylaw Enforcement

Clean up of long-standing, problematic properties will begin on Sept. 21

City of Lacombe 2018-2021 Strategic Plan now available

The plan is the premiere planning document for achieving Council’s stated vision

Gord Bamford returns to Central Alberta on latest tour

Hocky Tonks and Dive Bars Tour coming to Bo’s in November

WATCH: AHS breaks ground on new Lacombe Community Health Centre

17,000 sq. ft. facility will bring existing Lacombe AHS services together

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Canada signs global pact to help rid world’s oceans of abandoned fishing gear

The federal Fisheries Minister says it’s a ‘critical issue’

GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants ‘fairness’

Kavanaugh has denied al allegations of sexual misconduct

Rural Canada Post carriers could see 25-per-cent pay hike: spokesman

An arbitrator has released a ruling in a long-standing pay equity dispute at Canada Post

Freeland brings optimism back to NAFTA talks

NAFTA talks resume in Washington

Bradley Williams takes over as Westerner Park Interim CEO

CFR expected to go on as scheduled with no disruption

Despite protests, Russia’s anti-doping agency reinstated

On a 9-2 vote, the executive committee declared RUSADA as having satisfied conditions

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast.

Most Read