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Prince Rupert Port Authority slides into the Anne Neufeld Tot Park Renewal Project

EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2019

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) participated in an event held today to unveil the refurbished Anne Neufeld Tot Park in Port Edward. In partnership with the District of Port Edward, the family recreation project will breathe new life into a popular destination for kids and their parents within the community.

In over two decades since the Park’s original construction, the Park’s equipment has experienced significant wear and tear due to heavy usage and erosion over time.

The project, valued at $150,000, saw the 8,000 square-foot, centrally located park in Port Edward renewed with new, modern and safe play equipment and park re-surfacing.

“The Prince Rupert Port Authority is pleased to contribute $75,000 to improve the Anne Neufeld Tot Park in Port Edward,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of PRPA. “We believe that a community’s future is only as healthy as the start that its youngest members get in life. This improvement to outdoor recreational equipment will serve as a legacy to enhance the quality of life for residents, namely children and their families, and is a great fit for our Community Investment Fund.”

Prior to this revitalization, the Tot Park hosted thousands of visitors over the course of a year, and the improvements brought about by this project will create an increase in usage by families looking for safe, easily accessible, and age appropriate outdoor activity and fun. The Park is frequented by Port Edward and Prince Rupert residents, as well as visitors to the community.

“The community of Port Edward is very excited to see the revival of this important recreational space geared towards our youngest of residents,” said Mayor Knut Bjorndal of the District of Port Edward. “It is our hope that the new playground amenities will not only serve to instill an active lifestyle and support skills development at a young age, but will also help to provide a meeting place for parents of those young children to build a sense of community and support among each other at a critical time in their parenting journey.”

This community project is the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s 68th Community Investment Fund contribution since its inception in 2010.


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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY’S COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND:

The Community Investment Fund is financed by a share of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s annual net income that 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 Authority has been able to share its financial success with the communities that enable it. Since 2010, over 10.3 million dollars have been committed to the Fund – that’s over $10 million in 10 years, helping to make 68 local projects come to life. Each of these projects has filled an important role in supporting arts and culture, recreation, health and wellness, youth, education, the environment and other needs in the community.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT:

Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250-627-2550
mcote@rupertport.com

Polly Pereira
Director of Corporate Administrative Services
District of Port Edward
250-628-3667
ppereira@portedward.ca