Redesign maps Rupert for the future

Redesign Rupert is ramping up activity as its public engagement process continues on.

L-R: City manager Robert Long

Redesign Rupert is ramping up activity as its public engagement process continues on.

The organization, a partnership between the City of Prince Rupert, Community Futures and UNBC’s Community Development Institute (CDI), launched its Community Mapping Project last Friday morning at Javadotcup.

There, the representatives welcomed ideas from residents of all ages as to what they’d like their city to look like in five, 10, 20, 30 or even 50 years down the road.

Attendees gave their feedback through post-it notes and stuck them to a board that Redesign Rupert provided. The event is the first of many that the organization will conduct in the coming months as Prince Rupert undergoes a potential growth in residents, industry and economy due to pending major projects slated for the area.

“What is going to be our legacy in Prince Rupert? That’s kind of the nut or seed that we’re trying to get at,” said John Farrell, Community Futures general manager.

“If we have an economic driver like the All Native Basketball Tournament, how are we going to make sure that stays sustainable if we have housing problems and the hotels are full?”

CDI co-director Marleen Morris added that the input they receive will be very valuable.

“The ideas that we have here today … will help us understand what people love about Prince Rupert,” she said.