Strathcona County's summer hangout for youth has closed for the season.
The Slab held its closing party on Friday (Aug 31), which featured live music and an inflatable obstacle course.
This was the first year that The Slab has been available for youth in the county,and it has largely been a success.
"The whole situation is pretty fluid," said Niall Weber, community and social innovation policy intern at Strathcona County. "There's no real set program most of the time. The kids will show up and whatever they want to do, we'll do what we can to facilitate that. And it's been really rewarding because the kids have responded really positively."
Some of the biggest turnouts throughout the summer were at video game tournaments, paint night and the battle of the bands. The Slab averaged an attendance of almost 13 children at each event.
With the success of The Slab this summer, the county is looking at how it might be able to move forward in future. According to Muneet Malhi, another county intern working at The Slab, the results of the summer have been encouraging and kids have expressed interest in coming back. Options incluide a similar setup to continue throughout the school year in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Strathcona County.
"Recognizing where the gaps lie for youth in the community is pretty big," explained Malhi. "This was kind of a prototype to figure out what youth need and what they would like to see in the future. So, even if it's not The Slab and it's something else, at least we're collecting data on that and trying to figure it out.
The Slab opened in late June.
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A gift made for the interns at The Slab by some of its frequent visitors.

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