Revelstoke Cycling Association lands grant for pump track

Revelstoke Cycling Association receives a grant for $25,000 from the CBT for a pump track in Revelstoke. However, the plans are still at an early phase.

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The Revelstoke Cycling Association (RCA) is developing plans for a pump track in Revelstoke.

The organization has just received a $25,000 grant for the project from the Columbia Basin Trust’s Basin Plays grant stream.

RCA vice-president Alex Cooper said the plan is to build an asphalt pump track that is about 15,000 square feet — similar to the size of the new skatepark in Kovach Park.

“Of course that will depend on the final design and exact location,” Cooper said. The location has not been determined for the new facility.

Over the past decade, advocates had tried to build a pump track in Revelstoke, but the effort fell off about four years ago. The previous proponents had a location set aside in Centennial Park at the parking lot near the Revelstoke Workers’ Memorial.

“We appreciate the previous people who worked on this put in a lot of effort on this,” Cooper said. However, he said the site has issues due to water runoff in an riparian area that could add to the cost of developing the park there.

“We haven’t ruled it out, but we are definitely looking for other spots that are easier and more accessible,” Cooper said. “Being closer to a neighborhood is better from a safety perspective.”

Cooper said that the process of finding a new location would take time, and likely would involve engagement in the city’s upcoming official community plan process.

The estimated cost is about $65,000, but Cooper said the final price would depend on location, size and other factors.

“Ideally, we could start building in 2020,” Cooper said, adding he is confident they can raise the funds. “Hopefully by the time the location is ready we will have the money and be ready to build.”

The RCA plans to start with an asphalt pump track, but then hopes to add a dirt jump track in the future.

The proposal was developed in conjunction with James Norton, a Revelstoke transplant from the UK, who works as a a designer and consultant with Bike Track, a company that builds pump tracks.

Aaron Orlando is a Revelstoke-based journalist who serves as creative director of and Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. He's been on the news beat in Revelstoke for the past 14 years, serving in senior editorial roles. If you have or call/text him at 250-814-8710.