Revelstoke city council is in favour of turning the Mount Begbie recreation area into a regional park.
During a regular council meeting on March 10, 2020, city council passed a motion to request the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and the province of B.C. support the creation of a Mount Begbie Development Management and Protection Plan.
Council’s support for the development of a regional park in the Mount Begbie recreation area is based on the recommendation of city of Revelstoke director of engineering Steve Black. Black’s report is the result of a recommendation from the city’s Environment Advisory Committee asking council to submit a letter of support to the CSRD and the province.
City of Revelstoke chief administrative officer Dawn Low reviewed Black’s report to council and found the initiatives align with council priorities including livability and sustainability. Director of finance Tania McCabe reviewed potential financial implications for the proposed letter of support and found there were none at this time.
The Mount Begbie recreation area falls outside of the City of Revelstoke’s municipal boundary. Revelstoke Mayor Gary Sulz sits on the CSRD board and will speak to them on behalf of city council to explain the city’s interest in making the land a protected area.
The idea of turning the Mount Begbie into a park first came up in September, 2019 when commercial development of two 16-person chalets was proposed for the recreation area. A public meeting held by the proponents of the chalet development was met with mainly negative feedback from the public. The North Columbia Environmental Society created a petition against all commercial development in the Mount Begbie recreation area, which was forwarded to Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok.