Re-opening of Port Edward gym proposed

While PNW LNG is using the former Port Edward School for office space, council says it wants to find a way to re-open the gym to the public.

While Pacific NorthWest LNG is using the former Port Edward School for office space, council says it wants to find a way to re-open the gym to the public.

Following a project update from the company’s Tessa Gill and Derek Baker, Coun. James Brown said he has heard loud and clear that community members want access to the gym as the facility at the new school doesn’t have the height needed for several sports.

“For years we have used that school for clubs and teams  and I have had some people asking about it again. I am wondering if there is some way we could possibly use the gym in the evenings,” he said.

“The problem is adults can’t play in here and don’t have anywhere to go to play floor hockey or basketball …  it has to be a community effort and it has to be something that is organized,” added Mayor Dave MacDonald, noting issues of security and cleanup would need to be addressed before the facility would be re-opened to the public.

While the company said re-opening the gym has been on the radar, it will now work to expedite the process.

“This is something that has come up for us in the past and something we have taken back to our project team to understand what opportunities exist to maintain that community asset,” said Baker.

“Post final investment decision, when we renovate to get more desks and offices, we were looking at ways to isolate the gym, but we will look to see if there is a way we can get it going sooner than that,” added Gill, noting the goal may be to have it open in the new year.

 

Just Posted

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Victoria Day

How much do you know about the monarch whose day we celebrate each May?

Prince Rupert to send a high school golf team to provincials

For the first time in more than six years, Charles Hays Secondary School has a golf club

Rock Stock 2019: “It’s going to be better than last year”

For some young musicians this will be their eighth year performing at Rock Stock in Prince Rupert

First ever Indigenous Symposium educates teachers in Prince Rupert

Cedar weaving, drumming for reconciliation and basic Sm’algyax lessons were offered to educators

Convicted animal abuser to return to B.C. court May 21

Catherine Jessica Adams is facing a breach of probation charge

UPDATE: B.C. pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Most Read