Friday, January 22, 2021

BC Government to put in close to 90K towards new gymnastics facility in Prince Rupert

Members of the Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association will be tumbling with an extra bit of zip these days, with word from the BC government of $89,187 in funding towards their new facility in the city.

North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice shared word of the funding on the way with a statement today.

“Here in the North Coast, indoor sports are a very important way for people to stay connected and stay active year-round. This funding from the province will allow more people in Prince Rupert be part of a fun and supportive athletic community through gymnastics.”

As part of today's announcement, Jackie Touchet, the President of the Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association, outlined how the association plans to make use of the funding. 

“The Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association offers programing for people of all ages and experience levels in Prince Rupert. This grant will help us build a new facility to expand our programing, and give more people the benefit of participating in gymnastics—no matter whether it’s to train for a competitive edge, or just have fun through movement.”

The Prince Rupert funding was part of a larger funding rollout by the province, which comes from the Community Gaming Grant program, you can review more on where the money is destined here.

The City of Prince Rupert has leased out space in the 
Canfisco Warehouse to the Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association

The Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association is working towards taking up residence in the Old Canfisco Warehouse near Rushbrook Floats, a facility that the City of Prince Rupert took an interest in last year and has since begun to lease out for different ventures , that as part of their plans for development of that area on the east side of the City.

It was one year ago this week, that the Gymnastics Association signed a five year lease with the City towards use of the warehouse.

The PRGA has also received grant funding from the Northern Development Initiative Trust towards their plans for a new home.

The Association is celebrating today's announcement through their Facebook page.

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