Skatepark, golf club seek funding through CSRD economic opportunity fund

Revelstoke City Council will consider a recommendation to the CRSD Board that financial support for the proposed new Revelstoke skatepark, and the Revelstoke Golf Club be provided through the CSRD's Economic Opportunity Fund.

The Revelstoke Golf Club restaurant patio looks over the stunning local course. Photo: Emily Kemp/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Two Revelstoke recreation groups are requesting financial support from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.

Both the Columbia Valley Skateboard Association and the Revelstoke Golf Club have requested significant grants from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Economic Opportunity Fund.

The proposed redevelopment design of the skateboard park at Kovach Park. Photo: Columbia Valley Skateboard Association/New Line Skateparks

A report before Revelstoke City Council recommends that the CSRD Board provides grants to two projects from the fund. In a letter to council, community economic development director Alan Mason has asked council to recommend $125,000 be allocated to the Columbia Valley Skateboard Association to go towards the cost of building the Kovach Park skatepark, while $160,000 to be provided over two years to the Revelstoke Golf Club.

The purpose of the Economic Opportunity Fund is to give financial assistance for projects which support economic development. Organizations which have received funding in the past include the Revelstoke Cycling Association for trail building, the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club for a new groomer, the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club for their welcome centre, the Revy Riders for their dirtbike track, and the Revelstoke Rod & Gun Club for their new firing range.

“These two requests are similar in nature and will again help local volunteer groups develop and maintain high quality tourism facilities which will allow us to bring more tourists to Revelstoke,” Mason wrote.

A letter from Karl Jost, president of the Columbia Valley Skateboard Association notes they have raised $497,520 to date, which is short of the $850,000 needed to complete the project. A $150,000 infrastructure grant from he Columbia Basin Trust could expire if the project is not completed this year.

“A new skatepark will add to the economic opportunity here by further attracting destination visitors, new residents and traffic from the Trans-Canada Highway,” Jost wrote.

The Revelstoke Golf Club is planning to use the funds it has requested to upgrade facilities and provide long-term fiscal sustainability. The letter of request, written by golf club treasurer Ken Norrie, notes multiple economic benefits including spending almost $1 million each year on salaries and supplies, and attracting golfers from other regions.

Council will consider the request at their Feb. 28 meeting.