REPORTING · 2nd October 2013
The Mount Elizabeth Tennis Courts held their grand opening on Tuesday, October 1st. The ribbon was cut, and the students were in the courts as a part of the opening. Mayor Joanne Monaghan and Councillor Rob Goffinet were on hand to assist with the opening.
“Today we celebrated the completion of the courts and basically, they’re done,” said Madeleine Robinson. “We’re celebrating the grand opening. The kids have been using it all summer but just recently, they have completed the fencing and now we’re at the end of the project.”
The Students of Mount Elizabeth now have access to a Tennis Court, Road Hockey Court and a multi-purpose court for rollerblading. Robinson told us the students now have another place to partake in physical activity during school hours. She added these courts are open to the community.
The price tag on the work which was done is $125,000. $36,500 of which came from the District of Kitimat. Money also came from grants, the community and the businesses around Kitimat.
“To combine funding is a huge asset to projects like these. Without the school district and the Municipality jointly funding the project as well as the funding from Rio Tinto and Bechtel, […] Without everyone contributing to the courts, we couldn’t have come this far. […] In order to fulfill projects like this in our community, we all need to look at how it can be done by working together to get the funding and pool the resources and involve the community. Budgets are tight these days so we need to look at ways to make it work,” said Robinson.
Robinson stated volunteers are also important to projects like this. She thanked all the sponsors, workers and volunteers who helped put it together.