Youth in Strathcona County now have a new place to hang out during the summer.
The Slab is an outdoor space that features board games, outdoor games, a lounge area, a concession, live entertainment from artists, DJ sets and more.
"We're really excited to let young people come down," said Heather Teghtmeyer with Strathcona County's Family and Community Services. "We'll always have cool things happening."
By running The Slab for the duration of the summer, the county is hoping to gain insight into how they can better link youth to their community.
"Only 61 per cent of young people in the community feel that they are connected meaningfully to someone in the community," said Teghtmeyer. "So we wanted to look and how we could increase that connection for young people."
The county intends to modify and change the space over the summer based on feedback, and will review the outcomes of the initiative in the fall.
Youth 12-18 are welcome to use the space.
The Slab is open outside the Strathcona County Community Centre on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for the rest of the summer.
The county launched the space on Friday (Jun.29).