A big project on the horizon for Revelstoke took a giant step forward on Feb. 3 when the B.C. government announced the approval of a 30-year tenure for Revelstoke Adventure Park (RAP).
The park, proposed for the Greeley area about 10 minutes east of Revelstoke, has been the subject of many stories in the Mountaineer as it wound its way through complex government approval processes for the past four years. See our story archives on RAP here.
The proposed 300-plus acre adventure park will include summer recreational activities such as: hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, zip-lining, bungee jumping, tree-top adventures, mountain coasters and sky swings.
Proponent Jason Roe is the CEO of Illecillewaet Development Limited Partnership/Revelstoke Adventure Park. He welcomed the news.
“We are thrilled with the plans for the Revelstoke Adventure Park at Greeley,” Roe said in a statement. “Outdoor adventure has always been an integral part of living in or visiting Revelstoke. This epic park will excite adventure seekers, create jobs and bring visitors to town. We are excited to break ground and begin phase one of this venture.”
In a media release, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) explained the tenure allowed for planned improvements to Crown land that include: an access road up steep terrain to a higher elevation point, day lodge, heli-pad, gazebos and portable sanitation units, and eventually a gondola or chairlift.
The tenure consists of a Licence of Occupation for approximately 257 hectares of Crown land in the Greely Creek area 10 kilometres northeast of Revelstoke, adjoining 64 hectares of the proponent’s private land.
“Numerous studies were conducted to assess the proposed uses of Crown land, and to ensure the project would protect existing values such as wildlife habitat, terrain stability and drinking water,” the MFLNRO stated in a media release. “Consultations with the public, First Nations and partners/stakeholders were held in compliance with provincial legislation.”
In a statement, MFLNRO minister Steve Thomson welcomed recreation and economic opportunities to be created by the park, “Outdoor recreation has always been a big part of Revelstoke. The proposed adventure park will add more outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors in the region, as well as create local jobs.”
Want to dig deeper? Here are background documents related to the RAP approval:
Adventure tourism land-use policy: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/natural-resource-use/land-water-use/crown-land/adventure_tourism.pdf
Proposed Revelstoke Adventure Park map: http://www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/getfile.jsp?PostID=50116&FileID=59824&action=view
Proposed Revelstoke Adventure Park management plan: http://www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/getfile.jsp?PostID=50116&FileID=63090&action=view