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Adventure Sport Park

Community Futures, Riders of the Alberni Valley (ROAV) and representatives from the Alberni Valley Skatepark Association have proposed the creation of a new park for the adventure sports of skateboarding, BMX, scooter use, and mountain biking.

The intent is for the development to take place on City of Port Alberni land and to become a new City asset located within Echo Centre Park.


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Proposed Park Components

A park design has not yet been created, finalized or approved. 

  • Skateboard park
  •  Pump track
  • Mountain bike skills park
  • Mountain bike jump lines

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Presentation made to the City of Port Alberni (Feb 2023)

All site drawings are examples only. A park design has not yet been finalized.

The proposed park would be located on City of Port Alberni land in the Echo Park neighbourhood. The intent is to build in the area of the existing skatepark and expand into the treed site along Kendall Avenue.

The rationale for the location is based on user demand, zoning, accessibility, and proximity to supporting infrastructure:

      ✔ Close to major transit routes and stops (Roger St, Kendall Ave, Wallace St)
      ✔ Close to bike lanes
      ✔ Central location
      ✔ Close to washrooms
      ✔ Close to trailheads
      ✔ Close to other recreation facilities and sites
      ✔ Does not interfere with existing recreation infrastructure  
      ✔Close to other youth-friendly facilities
      ✔ Already zoned P2 - Parks and Recreation
      ✔ Already located in the Sports & Academic Precinct
      ✔ 150+ parking spaces nearby plus wheelchair accessible parking
      ✔ No other competing land use
      ✔ Next door to Echo Fieldhouse
      ✔ Suitable site for hosting sporting events
      ✔ Outside of flood zone
      ✔ Can accommodate the size of the proposed park
      ✔ The preferred location identified by user groups

 

Site Maps

Site outlines shown are approximate only and do not represent a finalized design. 

 Note: For the mountain bike skills park and jump lines, the intent is to retain as many trees as possible.

Map of proposed park site
Map of site with areas separated for skateboard park & pupm track, and mountain bike area

Alignment with Corporate Strategic Plan

Page from Proposal document shared with the City February 2023.

Alignment with CPA Strat Plan Copy

 

Inclusion on City's Corporate Action Plan

Screencapture from City or Port Alberni website.

Now next later

 

Inclusion in Vision & Touchstones "What We Heard" document 

Part of the Official Community Planning process, December 2022.

OCP Touchstones Dec2022 Page 17

The current skateboard park was built in the 1990s and may be the oldest park in BC. 
There is no mountain bike skills park.
There are no officially sanctioned jump lines on City-owned land.

 

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Estimated Timeline

The City of Port Alberni is currently in the process of updating it's Official Community Plan and and Parks Master Plan. While it's unlikely that a project of this scope will move forward until those 2 documents are complete, please visit the "Ways to Help" tab on this page to see what can be done in the interim. 

Once funding is confirmed and all approvals are in place, the design and construction could take place within 12-24 months.

1996 (?)

The skateboard park is built

The City of Port Alberni, the local skateboard community, parents of skateboarders and the Gyro Club of the Albernis contribute to the creation of the Port Alberni skateboard park in the Echo Centre Park. 

1996 (?)

2016

The skatepark ages

Local skateboarder Zachery Tatoosh is interviewed by CBC's All Points West program regarding his GoFundMe for a new skateboard park. Around this time, the Alberni Valley Skatepark Association conducts fundraisers for the park.

2010

MTB Park

Members of Riders of the Alberni Valley (ROAV) decide to work on creating a mountain bike skills park.

2010

2021

New partnerships

Community Futures researches the state of the skateboard park, with intent to support the community's youth. Connections are made with the Alberni Valley Skatepark Association, City of Port Alberni and Riders of the Alberni Valley. The vision for the Adventure Sport Park emerges.

February 2023

Presentation to Tseshaht First Nation

The Adventure Sport Park is presented to Tseshaht First Nation. The project is viewed favourably, and CF learns that a delegation of youth had recently requested a skateboard park at a prior meeting. 

February 2023

January 2024

Momentum Builds

The project is shared with Hupačasath First Nation, the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce, School District #70, and Arrowsmith Rotary. Letters of support are received from all 4, as well as from Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corproation (NEDC), North Island College, and Cycle Alberni. 

February 2023

Presentation to City Council

The Adventure Sport Park is presented to the City of Port Alberni during a Committee of the Whole meeting. 

February 2023

2023

Inclusion in City Planning

The community advocates for the park. It is included in the City's 2023-2027 Corporate Strategic Action Plan, is mentioned in the Vision & Touchstones for the (in-progress) Official Community Plan. 

January 2024

Revisited by City Council

City Council directs City staff to include the Adventure Sport Park in the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan currently in progress.

January 2024

6 ways to help

 

  1. Fill out our survey. Tell us what you think and what you might be able to contribute.

  2. Show the City your support.
    • Join the e-updates for public engagement opportunities for the City of Port Alberni's Official Community Plan. 
    • Advocate for the park when opportunities are presented.

  3. Become informed.
    • Join our e-list for updates.
    • Look for updates on Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot Facebook page.
    • Ensure you are getting information from an informed source.

  4. Join the groups.
  5. Tell other people.
    • Like the Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot Facebook page and share posts.
    • Tell your network why you think this project is important for our community. Tell your friends, family, coworkers, service organizations, and anyone you think might be interested in contributing.

  6. Share your leads. 
    • Is there an organization or business that would be a good fit to sponsor or donate to the park? Do you know about a funding opportunity? Email Community Futures to tell us about it.

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