Monday, December 12, 2016

Recreation Department looks to expand reach of its Access Program; seeks help from community

The City of Prince Rupert's Recreation Department is looking to expand on the assistance that can be provided to residents in the most need in the community and to move their programs forward they are seeking further assistance from the city's industrial and commercial sectors.

In a media release from Friday, the City of Prince Rupert outlined it's plan, with Willa Thorpe the Director of Recreation and Community Services providing some background on what the program is all about.

“We believe that all Rupertites should have the opportunity to participate in sport, art and cultural activities in our Recreation Complex. ... The Recreation Access Program was designed to ensure that all residents have the opportunity to get active and involved, no matter their financial circumstance.”

To build on the success of the program, the city is also looking to local organizations, businesses and individuals to lend some support by way of contributions, which will be used expand on the impact and ability to increase the resources of the program to reach more residents.

“Engaging with partners in the community to increase the resources of the program will enable us to provide more programming to more residents,” -- Willa Thorpe, Director of Recreation and Community Services on the city's  Recreation Access Program

If you wish to register for participation in the program, or are part of an organization, business or an individual that wishes to offer financial support, you can contact the City's Recreation Coordinator, Shantelle Berry at 250-624-6707 extension 242, or by email at

You can learn more about Friday's announcement here.

The City's Recreation Access program offers individuals and families in financial need with discounts on course registrations and free admission to recreation complex facilities. Registration for the program is confidential and based solely on financial need.

The city notes that each year the program provides assistance to over one hundred residents.

More notes on events or programs taking place at the city's recreation facilities can be found from the Recreation Department Facebook page.

For more items related to discussion topics at City council see our archive page here.

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