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Prince Rupert waterfront development faces opposition from residents

Some residents in Prince Rupert are voicing concerns about a city plan to develop parkland along the town’s waterfront.

'Our parkland is not for sale' says one Prince Rupert resident

One Prince Rupert resident opposed to the plan to re-develop parts of the city's waterfront would rather see a scenic sea wall installed, like the one around Vancouver's Stanley Park. (CBC News)

Some residents in Prince Rupert are voicing concerns about a city plan to develop parkland along the town's waterfront.

"Our parkland is not for sale," said Will Spat, a resident of the city's west side.

"The thing to do is leave the land as park."

Spat wants to see the city leave the area open so that all residents can continue enjoying the ocean views.

"This area is right at the very end of Graham Avenue and people of Rupert will know it because they'll often go there from all parts of the city to catch a sunset, just watch the traffic over the ferry docks."

Prince Rupert should follow Vancouver's example of building a seawall along its waterfronts to ensure residents have access to those areas despite ongoing development, said Spat.

City disagrees

But the city says consulting the public can be an expensive process and points out the development project has plenty of benefits.

The land in question is not usable for much else, said city councillor Blair Mirau.

"It's not currently being used, nor is there any likelihood that it will ever be developed in its current form."

Revenue from the land sale would be put toward improving other existing parks in the city, he added.

With files from Daybreak North, George Baker.


To listen to the full interview, click the link labelled: 'Our parkland is not for sale:' Prince Rupert residents oppose waterfront development.

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