The Port of Prince Rupert is hoping to grow tourism through a donation to a local landmark.
A $50,000 contribution from the port’s Community Investment Fund has allowed the Prince Rupert Garden club to make significant improvements to the Sunken Gardens.
The club installed electrical and irrigation services, new signage to help guide visitors to the site, and pathway lighting to extend the hours of service at the longtime attraction.
“The Sunken Gardens have been a community asset and tourist attraction for over 75 years, and we’re thrilled to announce the rejuvenation of the site with the completion of this project,” said Andree Fawcett, President of the Prince Rupert Garden Club. “Our club has maintained the site for the last 13 years, and it’s our goal to continue its legacy as a place of community celebration and education in partnership with local businesses like the Port of Prince Rupert.”
The Prince Rupert Garden Club, formed in 1920, created the Sunken Gardens Restoration Project in 2003 after the provincial government ceased maintenance at the site.
“The Sunken Gardens represent a piece of our rich history, but also a place of beauty that we can all contribute to and take pride in,” said Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert. “The commitment to the betterment of our community shown by groups like the Prince Rupert Garden Club is what inspires us at the Port of Prince Rupert to continue growing the reach of our Community Investment Fund.”