At Monday night's Committee of the Whole meeting, Council approved up to $200,000 in funding for the Stevie Smith Community Bike Park. Located in Beban Park, this project will be an addition to the existing BMX park and will include a dirt jump and return trail, pump track and skills park.
The park will be named after Stevie Smith, a professional cyclist from the Nanaimo area, tragically lost his life in May of this year.
The cost for this project is estimated at $412,619. A number of community partnerships are contributing financially and in-kind to the park including Gyro Club of Nanaimo and the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation. To date, a total of $233,407 in-kind and cash contributions have been received.
Strategic Link: This project supports an Active Lifestyle in Nanaimo.
Construction of the Stevie Smith Community Bike Park has started and is expected to be complete in 2017.
The $200,000 allocated for the Stevie Smith Community Bike Park will come from the Community Works Fund.
The Community Bike Park was included in the recent update of the Beban Master Plan.
A full listing of in-kind contributions can be found in the attached information package on the website version of this news release.