A tourism planning project could see the Revelstoke Golf Course turned into a multi-use facility. The golf course has struggled financially for a number of years with the buildings in need of major repairs.
Nicole Fricot, Director of Community Economic Development has recommended city council give approval for an application to the BC Rural Dividend Fund to support a tourism planning project for Revelstoke. Fricot stated in her report that if funding is approved key goals of the project will be to develop a comprehensive housing strategy and a multi-use facility plan for the golf course.
“Over the last several years Revelstoke has experienced unprecedented levels of tourism growth. Revelstoke’s ability to continue to attract tourists is heavily dependent on its ability to provide both housing and recreation opportunities,” Fricot wrote in a report to council. “Access to affordable housing has been identified as a high priority in many community plans, including the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan.
In an interview with the Mountaineer, Fricot said city staff are currently exploring options to ensure the long-term sustainability of the city-owned golf course. She noted other communities have multi-use facilities, including Squamish which has a golf course and squash club. For Revelstoke, the proposed project would look at developing a business plan and conceptual site plan to create a multi-use facility that includes golf, rock climbing, and squash.
“We are a community that has tourism as a major industry. We need to ensure long-term sustainability. The golf course has a clubhouse that needs work,” she said.
Fricot said activities like squash and indoor rock climbing are a good fit with the golf course as they are both shoulder season and winter activities.
If the application is successful the Rural Dividend Fund could cover up to 70 per cent of the project. City staff plan to request $100,000 of the project’s $130,000 budget. The city has already provided $15,000 which is to be used to cover a housing needs assessment that is part of the project. External funding will be sought for the remaining $15,000.
The plan will be discussed at Revelstoke City Council’s May 23 meeting.
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