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Rotary-Led Waterfront Trail Project Enabled Through Port Community Funding

EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA — One of Prince Rupert’s public waterfront walkways will be reopened after more than a decade, the result of a $1.1 million rehabilitation project that will begin this summer.

The Rotary Club of Prince Rupert, in conjunction with the Port of Prince Rupert and the Kaien Island Trail Enhancement and Recreation Society (Kaien Trails), today announced the commencement of the Rushbrook Trail Revitalization project. The 1.2 kilometre walkway runs adjacent to the north end of Prince Rupert’s inner harbour, linking the Rushbrook Floats to Seal Cove and providing unique access to waterfront recreation for the coastal community.

The $835,000 financial commitment by the Port of Prince Rupert to the Rushbrook Trail Revitalization is its single largest investment in any community project to date.

“The Port of Prince Rupert has heard loud and clear that recreational waterfront access is a community priority,” said Don Krusel, President & CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert. “We’re pleased to demonstrate our commitment through a major contribution from our Community Investment Fund, which will enable the reopening of this iconic piece of Prince Rupert for all to enjoy. We hope to continue investing in other opportunities to address this need as they arise.” 

The Rushbrook Trail was constructed by the City of Prince Rupert in 1985, following the closure of the CN Rail line to Seal Cove. The trail was closed in 2003 due to liability concerns posed by rock and debris slides, prompting the Rotary Club to begin fundraising efforts to secure the site and reopen it to the public.

“It’s been more than a decade since we formed the Rushbrook Trail Committee and began working to bring the project to this stage,” said Bill Nicholls, member of the Rotary Club of Prince Rupert. “This trail is such a vital asset to our community, and I think the sense of excitement among Rotarians is one we’ll be sharing with many others in Prince Rupert as this project finally gets under way.”

In 2013, the Port of Prince Rupert contributed $15,000 through its Community Investment Fund to the Rotary Club to finance McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.’s work to update the project plans. The final design of the trail will relocate the trail away from the hillside using the existing trail bed with concrete barriers as a catchment area, will include the construction of three bridges, the addition of signage and benches, as well as ongoing maintenance of the trail by Kaien Trails to ensure the trail can operate year-round for years to come.

“This day has been a long time coming, and we recognize the years of work and significant financial contributions of all the organizations that have been involved to make this project a reality,” said Sean Carlson, President of Kaien Trails. “It’s incredibly rewarding for our society to be involved with this significant community improvement project. We look forward to bringing the Rushbrook Trail back to a state where it can be enjoyed as a premier recreational activity for residents and visitors alike.”

The contributing partners to the Rushbrook Trail Revitalization project include:

  • Port of Prince Rupert: $835,000
  • CN: $150,000
  • Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group: $50,000

The awarded contractor and commencement date for project ground-breaking is expected to be announced at a ceremony in Seal Cove this afternoon, where representatives from the Port of Prince Rupert, Rotary Club of Prince Rupert, CN, Pinnacle Renewable Energy, the City of Prince Rupert and Kaien Trails will be on hand to speak about the Rushbrook Trail Revitalization project in more detail.

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MORE ABOUT THE PORT OF PRINCE RUPERT’S COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND

Since 2010, a portion of the Port’s annual net income has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of the North Coast. By investing these funds into community projects, led mostly by dedicated local volunteers, the Port has been able to share its financial success with the communities that support it. To date, over eight million dollars have helped support in excess of 56 local projects. Each of these projects has filled an important role in supporting sports, recreation, performing arts, healthcare, education, the environment and other needs in the community.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Ken Veldman
Director, Public Affairs
Port of Prince Rupert
250 627-2526
24-hour media hotline: 250 627-3751