Friends of the Lake Front

Friends of the Lake Font (FOLF) was formed at the request of the Summer Village in 2009. The Council requested that volunteers form a group to develop and carry out plans for enhancements to the beach and lake front area. Friends of the Lake Front include residents of Parkland Beach and neighbouring communities.

In August 2010, the Council reviewed and approved the proposed lake front development plan. Highlights from past completed work include replacing the old playground, constructing a new washroom, adding a tot playground, and adding new pathways and walking trails.

In 2019, a provincial grant has helped move several new projects forward:

  • Advertising Board on the south washroom, by the beach
  • Adult Exercise Equipment, on the north end of the beach path
  • Replacement bins for Waste and Recycling
  • Identification Signs along the walking paths
  • New Buoys, to better mark the swimming area

FOLF holds their meetings at the Parkland Beach Village Office. New members are invited to attend and provide input on future goals and development.

For for more information, please contact:

Paula Wilkins 403-843-8424

Gull Lake North Citizens on Patrol

Registered as an Alberta Society in 2003, the Gull Lake North Citizens on Patrol is a group of volunteers who patrol at their discretion and serve as the eyes and ears of the RCMP.  The group has been effective in reducing acts of break-in, theft, and vandalism in the north Gull Lake area, comprised of five rural communities including Parkland Beach.

Members of the Gull Lake North Citizens on Patrol Association are volunteer citizens that take an active role to deter and detect crime by patrolling and liaising with their local police agency to ensure safe homes and safe communities. Participation gives members a greater awareness of community issues and concerns and provides opportunities for social activities.

For for more information, please contact:

Adele McIntyre 403-704-9376

Westlake Community Society

The Westlake Community Society was registered as a non-profit organization in 2008 and a charity in 2010 with the primary purpose to enhance and maximize enjoyable and creative community opportunities for permanent and seasonal residents living in the northwest corner of Gull Lake. This includes the Summer Village of Parkland Beach, Sunnyside, Poulsen’s Pasture, Poulsen’s Estates, Birch Bay, Birch Meadows, RV Heaven Campground, Parkland Beach Campground, the Sunset Legion Campground, and nearby rural subdivisions with new developments.

For for more information, please contact:

Westlake Community Society 403-748-2893

Gull Lake Watershed Society

The Gull Lake Watershed Society is a non-profit society committed to helping ensure a strong and sustainable future for Gull Lake. The society’s mission is the preservation and enhancement of Gull Lake and the Gull Lake Watershed area. Stewardship of the sensitive Gull Lake watershed is critical for the lake to continue to be a generational asset to central Alberta. The society wishes to see future generations be able to enjoy Gull Lake, and believe their stewardship today is critical to ensuring this happens.

For for more information, please contact:

Craig Macleod 403-782-2774 [email protected]

Gull Lake Stabilization Committee

The Gull Lake Stabilization Committee is a joint effort between Ponoka County, Lacombe County, Summer Village of Gull Lake, and Summer Village of Parkland Beach.

In 2009, communities were alarmed by reports that the province was considering removing a program that had been in place since the 1970s to pump water out of the Blindman River into the Gull Lake during dry spells to preserve this valuable recreational and ecological gem. The province later offered to continue the program if the municipalities paid electricity costs for pumping. Lacombe County oversees the project and the committee meets once a year.

For for more information, please contact:

Dion Burlock 403-782-6601 [email protected]

Parkland Beach Marina Association

Parkland Beach Marina Association is a not-for-profit society that handles the operation of the Summer Village marina.

This marina consists of the breakwater / earthen jetty just south of RV Heaven & Marina, and the docks that are installed for local boat slip rentals each summer. The jetty also serves as a launch for small watercraft, and is open to all members of the public for this purpose.

The responsibilities of the Marina Association include organizing volunteers for dock installation and removal, accepting applications for boat slip rental, drawing names and assigning the rentals, as well as handling annual fees and key deposits.

Note that in 2019 and 2020 the docks were not installed, due to shallow condition of the lake. The goals of the association are to maintain and improve this local facility, and to that end are currently planning a dredging project to improve boat access to the marina area.

For for more information, please contact:

Bert Miller 403-318-3852 [email protected]