Sylvan Lake bans charcoal barbecues

SYLVAN LAKE – If you’re planning on enjoying Sylvan Lakes’ parks or green spaces this summer don’t bring any barbecues that use charcoal. Sylvan Lake has banned them from all parks and green spaces.

The restriction impacts, particularly, the lakefront parks. 

“We understand picnicking and barbecuing is a popular activity when visiting Sylvan Lake, however, the growing presence of charcoal grills creates both operational challenges, and potential safety concerns,”  said Lee Furlotte, Parks Manager.

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The town, in a press release, said improper disposal of charcoal briquettes results in a greater risk of fire, personal injury, and damage to park infrastructure and vegetation. The town says that a ban on charcoal grills, allows them to better provide a safe and enjoyable outdoor space for everyone.

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The town is working on updating its existing fire bylaw and intends to focus on educating visitors and users to Sylvan Lake parks of the new regulations, throughout the 2019 spring/summer season.

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