Revelstoke works towards opening up


Revelstoke is working on opening up safely.

Most parks, green spaces and washrooms have reopened and tennis courts opened today (May 22nd ).

Mayor Gary Sulz said the City is hoping to add pickle courts to that list soon.

“Then we’re talking about the skate park and the splash pad, as well as [it was] requested that we deal with some of the playground equipment so we’re kind of working with the province and the communities in the area to see how soon we can get that all opened up.” 

Campgrounds have been given the go-ahead for daytime use in Alberta and B.C for local residents only.

Policing of those facilities is a provincial issue and people need to be smart and follow the rules, said Sulz.

A proposal was brought forward to close down Mackenzie Avenue in downtown Revelstoke from Victoria Rd. to 3 St. for walking traffic.

That hasn’t been approved yet but he said council will be discussing the best way to do it that will benefit everyone.

“The proposal will come forward to council and council will actually debate that around the table and talk about what we can and cant do and see how we can address the situation but also assist the merchants.”

With more businesses opening, this allows more space for pedestrians to distance themselves.

It is unclear when the city will see a review of its parking bylaw.

The review was postponed because of COVID-19.

Sulz said staff are looking at how the City can deal with parking in-lieu and will present options to council soon

“It cost about $40,000 to build a parking space. Here in Revelstoke we charge $20,000 and then the question is do we have the developers pay for the parking space or does it go to all the tax payers and then they pay for it so that’s kind of our dilemma with that sort of thing,” said Sulz.

Ultimately, he said the lack of parking affects tenants who have to compete for spots in front of their own house because a developer did not build out enough spaces.

He said plans are in the works and the money the City has collected from developers will be utilized when they are ready to move forward.