Brief: B.C. government funds multi-use path to golf course

Funds will go towards building Phase 1 of a path that will connect downtown Revelstoke with Williamson's Lake, RMR

A map showing the location of a trail of multi-use networks that will eventually connect downtown Revelstoke to Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Image: City of Revelstoke

The City of Revelstoke is receiving nearly $950,000 in grant funding to begin construction on Phase 1 of a paved, multi-use path that will eventually connect the city’s downtown core to Williamson’s Lake and Revelstoke Mountain Resort. The 1.2-kilometer section of trail, which will be located on Nichol Drive, starting at Park Drive and extending onto the new Camozzi Road, is part of a larger network of multi-use trails identified in Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s resort development strategy.

In a statement issued Wednesday, February 24, 2021, the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs said Revelstoke will receive $947039 for Phase 1 of the trails project through the province’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program.

In an October, 2020 report to council asking for its support of the grant application, director of engineering Steve Black noted that city staff were working with Revelstoke Mountain Resort to develop a project that would have broad community support and connect the Resort to downtown via  “active transportation modes.” The report states the Nichol Road/Camozzi Road trail will be 2.4 meters wide, and will include lighting and bear proof garbage containers, benches and bike racks at “strategic locations.”

While many Arrow Heights residents have long advocated for safe walking paths for children who attend Arrow Heights Elementary, a map showing the location of the trail appears to be on the opposite side of the road from where students typically walk on their way to school.

In total, the province doled out $30 million through the Community Economic Resilience stream of the CEIRP for 63 small-scale infrastructure projects through out BC, to help create jobs and support recovery for people and communities affected by COVID-19. Projects funded through the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program are required to start in 2021 and must be completed by March 31, 2023.

Melissa Jameson is the civic affairs reporter for the Revelstoke Mountaineer. She handles the newsy side of goings on about Revelstoke. Got a news tip? Feel free to contact Melissa at melissa@revelstokemountaineer.com