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Port Contribution in Metlakatla Promotes Health and Recreation

EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA — The Port of Prince Rupert today announced a contribution that will make a difference to the quality of life for residents of Metlakatla, BC.

Through the Port’s Community Investment Fund, a total of $125,000 was contributed to Metlakatla’s Healthy Lifestyles Initiative which enabled the construction of a new multi-use sports field and skateboard park adjacent to the existing recreation centre. The multi-use sports field caters to a wide range of users from both Metlakatla and Prince Rupert, and will allow the community to participate in sports leagues and tournaments with teams from across Northwest British Columbia.

“These facilities demonstrate Metlakatla’s commitment to investing in an improved quality of life for people living in the community,” said Harold Leighton, Chief Councillor of Metlakatla First Nation. “The Port of Prince Rupert’s contribution to this project is an example of how port operations directly benefit local communities, and demonstrates how we are working together towards a shared vision of success.”

Constructing a recreation field in this location is challenging given the unique topography and soil conditions of the North Coast. An abundance of rock and muskeg influenced costs, bringing the total price tag of the new field to over $500,000. However, all facets of the Healthy Lifestyles Initiative were completed within budget and residents of the region now have even greater access to top-notch recreation facilities.

“We’ve always found ourselves warmly welcomed in Metlakatla, and we encourage residents of Prince Rupert, Port Edward and other North Coast communities to experience what this vibrant village has to offer,” said Don Krusel, President & CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert. “We’re humbled to see the collective impact of our thriving trade gateway expressed through opportunities to modernize and beautify neighbouring communities.”

Metlakatla Ferry Service operates a scheduled public ferry between Prince Rupert and Metlakatla that runs several times a day. Recreation facilities are open to any members of the public. The Metlakatla government only asks that while in the community visitors comply with the same laws and regulations that govern the community. 

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Kids pose in front of the Metlakatla skate park

Port Authority CEO Don Krusel joins Metlakatla Chief Councillor Harold Leighton and members of the Metlakatla community to cut ribbon at skate park and playing field

Kids play bubble soccer on playing field

Spectators watch bubble soccer game at sports field

Don Krusel, President & CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert (left) and Metlakatla Chief Councillor Harold Leighton

Metlakatla's new skate park and its stunning backdrop

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Michael Gurney
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
Direct: 250 627-2509
Email: mgurney@rupertport.com