After a nearly decade-long saga with more plot twists and turns than your nan’s favourite soap opera, the new Revelstoke skatepark is scheduled to open on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 11:30 a.m.
The Columbia Valley Skateboard Association, the Revelstoke community group working for years to get the skatepark built, made the announcement on their Facebook page on Oct. 22:
In a statement on their Facbook page, the CVSA executive thanked the community for their help getting the park built: “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the entire community for their efforts getting this skatepark built! We received help from so many people along this long journey, and we can’t thank everyone enough.”
The new skatepark features a street section, a flow bowl section, and a pool section. It’s located in Kovach Park in the Southside neighbourhood. The new skatepark was built on the location of the previous asphalt skatepark.
The 16,000-square foot skatepark had some last-minute additions over the summer, including a taco corner behind the flow bowl, an extended mini ramp section in the beginner area, and a small scoop near the flow bowl.
Construction started late in the spring and lasted all summer long.
There will be a small ceremony to mark the skatepark’s soft opening on Tuesday. The grand opening and plaque dedication will come in the spring. In addition, many new trees will be planted around the skatepark after the snow melts in the spring.
If you’re interested in background on the Kovach Park skatepark saga, see this link below for background on the skatepark development process, including 18 stories on the history of the drive to complete the skatepark.