The adventure park proposed by Jason Roe’s Illecillewaet Development Limited Partnership (IDLP) has been approved for a 30-year tenure by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
“Outdoor adventure has always been an integral part of living in or visiting Revelstoke,” IDLP CEO Jason Roe said in statement. “This epic park will excite adventure seekers, create jobs and bring visitors to town. We are excited to break ground and begin Phase One of this venture.”
The statement, which was issued by the ministry on Friday, said the tenure consists of a Licence of Occupation for about 257 hectares of Crown land in the Greely Creek area 10 kilometres east of Revelstoke, adjoining 64 hectares of the proponent’s private land.
“Issuance of the tenure was subject to rezoning by local government,” it said.
The proposed adventure park will include summer recreational activities such as: hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, zip-lining, bungee jumping, tree-top adventures, mountain coasters and sky swings.
Planned improvements to Crown land include: an access road up steep terrain to a higher elevation point, day lodge, helipad, gazebos and portable sanitation units, and eventually a gondola or chairlift, the statement said.
“Numerous studies were conducted to assess the proposed uses of Crown land, and to ensure the project would protect existing values such as wildlife habitat, terrain stability and drinking water,” it said. “Consultations with the public, First Nations and partners/stakeholders were held in compliance with provincial legislation.”
Outdoor recreation has always been a big part of Revelstoke, said FLNRO Minister Steve Thomson. The proposed adventure park will add more outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors in the region, as well as create local jobs.
Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area B Director Loni Parker said she was pleased that the Adventure Park is moving forward.
“This is an exciting project for the Revelstoke area, which will not only add value to our local economy but will also provide visitors with more exceptional recreational experiences,” she said.
Please click here to learn more learn more about adventure tourism land-use policy: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-naturalresources-and-industry/natural-resource-use/land-water-use/crownland/adventure_tourism.pdf
Please click here to view the adventure park map:
Please click here to view the park’s management plan: http://www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/getfile.jsp?PostID=50116&FileID=63090&action=view