Friday, November 10, 2017

McKay Street Park plans set for update Tuesday

An update is on the way for those interested in the
McKay Street Park Project, with Ken Shaw from
Transition Prince Rupert to provide some background on the project
for Prince Rupert Council on Tuesday

Residents of the west side McKay Street community will be watching with interest Tuesday night's City Council session, with the topic of the McKay Street park plans, part of the Agenda for the next Prince Rupert Council meeting.

Ken Shaw, the President of Transition Prince Rupert Society, is scheduled to provide the update on what's next for the ambitious redevelopment of the abandoned baseball field at the corner of McKay and Kootenay.

There hasn't been much heard from the group that is overseeing that redevelopment program of late, with the last expansive notes related to the project delivered in August, when Transition Prince Rupert noted that they were hopeful for some fall progress for the project.

A short note on Facebook from September provided for the update that they were close to finalizing a design and were seeking in-kind support from contractors and suppliers in the community.

The McKay Street project was given a significant boost in June with its success in the BCAA Play here competition, which saw local residents rally to the cause.

As that community push was coming to an end, Mayor Lee Brain who had been spearheading some of the local support through the Spring, as well as Transition Prince Rupert, shared in the celebration of the community efforts through the Transition Prince Rupert Facebook Page.

Prince Rupert's project was selected as one of four communities to receive 100,000 dollars in funding towards that project.

How that money is going to be used at the McKay Street location could make for some of Mr. Shaw's presentation on Tuesday.

Above are some of the early concept plans for a rejuvenated McKay Street Park, Prince Rupert Council will hear more of what's ahead for the park on Tuesday evening.

Mr. Shaw's presentation to Council will take place at the beginning of the Regular Council session of Tuesday night starting at 7 PM.

You can view his commentary from the City's Live Feed, or through the CityWest community channel broadcast or streamcast of the Tuesday night Council session.

Members of the Transition Prince Rupert Society will be able to get further background on the project at their annual general meeting on Thursday November 16th at 7 PM at Northwest Community College.

You can learn more about the project and other initiatives from the Transition Prince Rupert Society from their Facebook page here.

Our 2017 notes on the project can be reviewed below:

August 17 -- Transition Prince Rupert hopeful for fall progress for McKay Street Park Project
August 10 -- Lack of momentum on McKay Street plans making for growing Facebook conversations
June 24 -- BCAA makes it official for McKay Street Park
June 20 -- Prince Rupert park in line for award money from BCAA competition
May 31 -- McKay Street proposal featured on Global BC's Morning News
May 30 -- McKay Street Park Project is ready for its Global BC close up!
May 25 -- A need for more details on McKay Street safety issues
May 23 -- McKay Street Park Project makes for Top Ten Finalist in BCAA competition
May 17 -- McKay Sreet Project fundraising campaign launched
April 19 -- Final Design for McKay Street Park Project to be revealed at Community meeting April 25

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