3rd Avenue and Waterfront Design Unveilled

A 17 foot long map detailing the potential of major spaces in Prince Rupert was the highlight of today's Rotary lunch at the Highliner Inn, marking the final phase of the City's public engagement last November with the Planning Partnership.

Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain highlighted the maps ten major design concepts that will help brighten Rupert's public spaces-including Seal Cove, the waterfront and the downtown core, which Brain says has already begun moving forward.

 Many people are aware that Rupert is known as "The City of Rainbows", as it is Canada's wettest city-Brain says they've implemented a plan to celebrate the rainy city.

"All over this community we will have rain intervention areas where you will have covered areas all over the place or water features where you have art displays that interact with rain," says Brain.

 Brain says through three public presentations held in Rupert, the waterfront was the biggest concern for most residents.

 "People really want to get down to the water, they want to be able to touch the water with their fingers and their toes and we have a plan to do all that with this new plan," says Brain.

 The map also highlights a festival square in front of City Hall, improved pedestrian access, view corridors between downtown and the waterfront and the public breakwater at Cow Bay is looking at diversifying potential public uses.

The City has also joined a contract with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The Ministry plans to pave from the recreation complex to the ferry terminal, and the City, who will be working within the same contract, will be repaving 3rd Avenue. This project is expected to cost the City approximately 500-thousand dollars and is anticipated to get underway in April and be completed by July.

"We've decided that this was an opportunity to have economies a scale, so we've actually jumped in on the contract, which has significantly lowered our cost to pave 3rd Avenue. So we're going to use the same contract to do 3rd Avenue, which saves us a huge amount of money and we're raising all the manholes so that 3rd Avenue will be nice and flat by the end of this year," says Brain.

Brain says the entire project will take five years or more, but they will continue moving forward on multiple projects this year-- financed by several different funders and community groups investing in different areas of the plan.

The priority to do it is because the downtown core needs it and people are dodging all those man holes, we have some infrastructure, you know it looks Aesthetically not pleasing and it's time to get that road in order.