Briefs: Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. tasting room, Japanese Canadian legacy signs, splash park funding

Highlights from the Tuesday, Sept. 12 meeting of the Revelstoke city council included support for Japanese Canadian Heritage sign, splash park funding, and Brewery Lounge Endorsement for Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

The inner workings of Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.'s new premises. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. tasting room takes a step closer to completion

Revelstoke city council will recommend Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. be issued a Brewery Lounge Area Endorsement for its new location at 2155 Oak Drive. The current 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards 2017 Brewery of the Year (our story) (CBA site) Revelstoke brewery applied to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch for the endorsement which will include tasting areas in addition to current retail sales.

Revelstoke city council gave its approval for the endorsement along with an approval for a development permit that will allow for the total number of parking spaces required to be reduced from 47 to 37 spaces. Approval was also given for 12 parking spaces to be on a gravel surface instead of a paved surface.

Mary Wong, assistant planner said in a report that the application is consistent with the Official Community Plan. Letters of notification dated December 1, 2016 were delivered to residents within 100 meters of the brewery location.

Read the city staff report on the recommendations here.

City supports Japanese Canadian legacy signage

Revelstoke city council will lend its support for a Japanese Canadian heritage sign to be placed between Revelstoke and Sicamous.

Tomo Fujimura, a Revelstoke resident involved with Japanese Canadian history, said in an email he was asking for the support of Mayor Mark McKee.

“If possible, the Japanese Canadian community is looking for his support letter on this project,” said Fujimara.

Council agreed to send a letter to the provincial highways ministry supporting the project.

Splash park could bring revitalization to Farwell Park

Revelstoke’s splash park is closer to becoming a reality as council gave its approval for two separate streams of funding.

A request for $100,000 from the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation Legacy Fund was approved along with a request to ask for $50,000 from the Economic Opportunities Fund.

“This is something that has come up fairly quickly and the splash park people have been working quite diligently for quite some time to get the splash park … There’s an opportunity to take this funding and leverage it against other funding,” said Mayor Mark McKee. “This park is something that is well recognized in the community that a lot of people in the community can be enjoying.”

The installation of a splash park would also provide a rejuvenation of Farwell Park and act as another tourists attraction, making it a good option for economic opportunities funding.

The total estimate for the project is $650,000. McKee said he is hoping the project can be completed through fundraising efforts by the splash park group.

Councillor Linda Nixon was supportive of the project, saying she felt it is important for council to support community based projects such as the splash park from the get go.

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