Thursday, June 23, 2022

Comment period now open towards plans for PUMP Track along Hays Creek area

The next step towards a new recreation attraction in the City of Prince Rupert is underway, with City Council seeking comment from the community towards plans for a new PUMP Track for Biking enthusiasts, with the location for the new project destined for a part of McClymont park along Hays Creek heading east of the Civic Centre complex.

As we outlined last week the City's councillors received a report from Corporate Administrator Rosa Miller who detailed the scope of the project and the measures required by the City for it to move forward.

We provided a link to the report from last week as part of this story prior to last week's Council session.

The current of the conversation by the Councillors last week was focused mainly on safety themes, with notes of interest relayed over access to the site from Sherbrooke Avenue, as well as other elements of design that might have an impact on the walking path adjacent Hays Creek.

Council members however were quite enthusiastic for the project and have hopes for it to move forward and for that to occur, the required process of consultation with the public is now underway.

That engagement comes through a Public Notice of Proposed Licence to Occupy which was published this week through the local newspaper.

The notes for the public advising the following:   

"City Council is considering entering into a five year Licence to Occupy with the North Coast Mountain Bike Association (the "lessor")  for the approximate 2,022 square metre portion of land in McClymont Park (the 'Property') ... Rent to the City is proposed at $1.00 plus GST annually. The license is for the purpose of constructing an all ages pump track for public use"

Towards participation in the public process, residents can direct their enquiries or comments in writing to Ms. Rosamaria Miller, Corporate Administrator. Address your correspondences by email to or by mail to  City Hall, 424 3rd AvenueWest Prince Rupert, V8J 1L7

The deadline to provide comments or enquiries is set for 4 PM on Friday, July 1st.

This current community engagement period comes one year after the concept was first outlined for City Council in June of 2021.

The North Coast Mountain Bike Association is currently looking to raise funds for their plans, you can learn more about their efforts from their Facebook page.

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