Friday, February 16, 2018

March 4th the day for McKay Street Park Community Build Day

Transition Prince Rupert is getting closer to an installation date for the
much anticipated McKay Street Playground at the corner of
McKay Street and Kootenay avenue

Residents of the McKay Street/Kootenay Avenue area may soon see some progress on the much anticipated McKay Street playground project, with Transition Prince Rupert setting Sunday, March 4th for the Community Build Day for the first phase of the highly ambitious redevelopment plan for the abandoned baseball field on the west side of the city.

Transition Prince Rupert has posted an update to their plans to the organization's website, which outlined how installation plans will proceed, with the group looking for 30 volunteers to give of their time towards the project.

Those that wish to participate must be over 18 years of age for the actual work of building the playground, while activities are planned for those under 18 to give them an opportunity to share in the day.

Food and beverages will be provided for those that can offer up their time to help put the playground structure up at the park.

In addition to the 30 person labour force, Transition Prince Rupert will also be looking for volunteers to help with clean up and disposal following the build, as well as for the donation of a number of tools that are required for the installation of the equipment.

They will also be asking for volunteers to watch over the site for the first twelve hours following construction, to be watchful for any acts of vandalism as well as to allow for the concrete to set properly.

You can explore more of what the project requires from this information page from the Transition Prince Rupert website.

If you can lend a hand on Community Build Day you can contact Transition Prince Rupert by email at, or contact Veronika Stewart, Vice President of Transition Prince Rupert at 778-361- 4999.

The March build date, comes almost one year after the organization had secured 100,000 dollars from the BCAA Play Here Program, that funding was directed towards the community proposal after the city's success in the Play Here competition.

Transition Prince Rupert received some additional funding this week, as CityWest provided a 10,000 dollar donation towards the McKay Street Project, the organization is also hosting a Go Fund Me page to try and raise additional money for the initiative.

The actual concept of the new park for the McKay Street area had its start over three years ago, moving forward with a Placemaking session hosted by Transition Prince Rupert that took place in the city in January of 2016.

You can trace some of the history of the project from our archive notes below:


February 15 -- McKay Street Park fundraising efforts to benefit from CityWest's Fibre launch party
January 9 -- Transition Prince Rupert set March for construction start to McKay Street Park


December 14 -- Infrastructure, public works and recreation spending among the highlights for Capital projects in 2018
November 24 -- McKay Street Park clearing to start this weekend
November 17 -- Council motion puts Transition Prince Rupert's McKay Street Park plans in motion
November 10 -- McKay Street plans set for update Tuesday
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 PLay here 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 project makes for Top Ten Finalist in BCAA competition
May 17 -- McKay Street Fundraising campaign launched
April 19 -- Final Design for McKay Street Park to be revealed at Community meeting April 25


December 22  -- McKay Street Park plans to move forward in January
October 18 -- Transition Prince Rupert hosting Annual General Meeting tonight
September 16 -- Public comment period now open for McKay Street Park concept proposals
September 6 -- McKay Street Park concepts to be revealed at mid month Info session
June 1 -- City Council session takes note that McKay street park bid came up short in BCAA competition
May 24 -- KraftHeinz's Project Play offers opportunity for community upgrades
May 13 -- McKay Street Park initiative submitted to BCAA's Play at Home competition
January 13 -- Mayor hails success of Placemaking conference and points to a new 2030 Sustainable City vision


December 8 -- Transition Prince Rupert to host grass roots involvement conference in January
December 3-- Transition Prince Rupert hosting General Membership meeting tonight
November 27 -- Hays 2.0 gets splashy launch on City website

April 6  -- Transition Prince Rupert opens the discussion on the McKay Street Open Space

In addition to the Transition Prince Rupert website, you can get updates on what is planned for the project through the organization's Facebook page.

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