Parks Canada is considering new mountain bike trail development in Mount Revelstoke National Park after being approached by a local biking enthusiast.
Spokesperson Marnie DiGiandomenico said they are considering the construction of one new trail of unknown length in the park, however they are first looking for volunteers to come forward to build and maintain the trail.
The proponent, Jason Zimmer, could not be reached by press time. He posted a form to the Revelstoke Bike Park Facebook page seeking volunteers to help build the trail.
DiGiandomenico said the proposal fits into the 2010 management plan for Mount Revelstoke National Park, which calls for promoting visitor opportunities during the shoulder season and around the area of the Nels Nelsen ski jump.
She said Parks was interested in working with the proponent, provided adequate community support could be found. Parks would work with partners on trail planning and design.
Trail development would require an environmental assessment.
The length of the trail is not known, but it would be of similar width to the existing Soren Sorensen five-kilometre loop trail, said DiGiandomenico. Planning would take place this year and construction would take place in 2016.
In related news, work on a kids bike park near the Nels Nelsen ski jump is expected to begin in May, with completion expected by the fall. The bike park was announced last year.