Date set to begin construction on new Kovach Park skatepark

Demolition of existing park to begin May 28; CVSA executive looks forward to providing community with top-notch skateboard park this fall.

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

It’s been a long time coming, but a date has finally been set to begin construction on the Kovach Park skatepark. Construction will get underway the end of this month when the existing park is demolished. In a media statement sent out on Monday, May 7, the City of Revelstoke said New Line Skateparks, designers of the new skatepark should be on site to begin construction of the new skatepark on June 4.

Construction is estimated to take 14 weeks and the skatepark will be closed to the public during that time. The playground area, washroom facilities and pedestrian access to the greenbelt will remain accessible to the public during construction of the skateboard park.

The Kovach Skatepark project was spearheaded by the Columbia Valley Skateboard Association. In an email to the Mountaineer the CVSA executive said they are excited to be breaking ground on this community project.

“We’d like to thank our many partners who made this project happen, including the volunteers, donors, funding partners, New Line Skateparks City of Revelstoke and so many who helped make this happen. This skatepark wouldn’t have happened without the great community support Revelstoke gave back over the past seven years. We thank everyone involved deeply for your tremendous support! We’re looking forward to skating with you in the fall!” said the email.

The new park will provide just over 15,500 feet of skateable terrain. Park features include a pool bowl, flow bowl with bumps, rollers and extension options, and an additional street area.

“This is a great project and very exciting for the Community,” said Laurie Donato, director of parks, recreation and culture. “The new facility will support youth’s desire for ‘unstructured’ recreational activities that are affordable, accessible and naturally encourage free play and physical activity. Once completed, the skateboard park will be a great asset for the community.”

Mayor Mark McKee said the new skatepark is a testament to community support and commitment.

“The park will provide hours of recreation and entertainment to many different age groups and we look forward to the finished result,” he said.

The City of Revelstoke would like to remind residents that the site will be an active construction zone and as such many hazards will exist. Security fencing and signage will be set up around the site. Please follow all posted safety signage and detours. To see the final concept for the new skateboard park, visit www.revelstoke.ca and look for the Parks, Recreation & Culture Department main page.

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