Friends of the Lake Front

Friends of the LakeFont (FOLF) was formed at the request of the Summer Village in 2009. The Council requested that volunteers form a group to develop and carryout 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 lakefront development plan. To date, highlights from the completed work include replacing the old playground, constructing a new washroom, adding a tot playground, and adding new pathways and walking trails.

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

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 http://www.acopa.ca/gull-lake-north

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:

Keith Boras [email protected]

Take It Off Program

The Take It Off Program is a collaborative initiative between surrounding communities to protect the environment and ensure the safety of everyone using Gull Lake. Anglers are asked to register their ice-fishing huts. Registration is required to identify the owner of an ice hut in the event it is not removed from the ice by the end of the ice fishing season. The program began several years ago on Sylvan Lake, and has been a great success.

Registration is free of charge year-round and the process only needs to be completed once. The form for Gull Lake can be completed online on the Lacombe County website or by calling the County Office at 403-782-8968.

For for more information, please contact:

Environmental Coordinator, Monica Boudreault [email protected]