New Revelstoke skatepark to open Tuesday

The new skatepark at Kovach Park is scheduled to open at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, capping off a long and winding saga to create a new skatepark for Revelstoke.

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New Line Skateparks pump operator and skatepark builder Dylan Timmins gives the new skatepark at Kovach Park a test run during construction. The new Revelstoke skatepark is slated to open on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 11:30 a.m. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

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.”

A view of the top street section of the new Kovach Park skatepark this weekend. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

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.

A view towards the flow bowl section. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

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.

FILE PHOTO: Construction on the new Kovach Park Skatepark is set to begin at the end of this month. Image: New Line Skateparks.

Construction started late in the spring and lasted all summer long.

A city worker blows dirt from the pathway at the new skatepark on Oct. 19. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

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.

New Line Skateparks crew members shotcrete in the transitions on the new Kovach Park skatepark, which is slated for completion in early October. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

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.