Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Transition Prince Rupert sets March for construction start to McKay Street Park

There hasn't been much work taking place at the McKay Street Park project
since land clearing was done in November, however Transition Prince Rupert
notes this week that plans are in motion for a March timeline 

for construction of the park initiative

After a short burst of activity in November to clear a small patch of land, things have slowed down once again on the proposed site of the McKay Street Park project.

The November work which saw volunteer contractors and workers clear a stretch of land at the corner of McKay and Kootenay came after city workers had voted to allow the work to be done, by the volunteers,  on what would normally be a city work site.

The original enthusiasm at some progress however was short lived, with little in the way of follow up in the weeks since, with the first indication of a timeline for the much discussed project revealed through a Facebook posting from Transition Prince Rupert this week.

The local organization notes that work on the construction of the playground portion of the park is planned to start in March, with the prospect of some background on what the group calls a Community Build Day set to come sometime in the future.

The project which has been assisted by a $100,000 grant from the BCAA Play Here competition win of last spring, will also see a dog walk constructed on the site, allowing the city to repatriate the Doug Kerr Ball field that has been taken over by the city's dog owners as an unofficial dog walk for the last few years.

Once the McKay Street park dog walk is in place, the city plans to refurbish the ball field back to its original use as a sports field for the community's youth.

You can follow the Transition Prince Rupert Facebook page for further updates on the progress for the park and when the contractors and volunteer work force will take to the McKay street scrub land to carve out the space for the new park facility.

More background on City of Prince Rupert discussion themes can be found on our archive page.

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