Pavilion Project At Railway and Forestry Museum In Peril

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Pavilion Project At Railway and Forestry Museum In Peril

The Board for the railway and Forestry Museum have a tough decision to make tomorrow. Whether to proceed with a major pavilion project which would involve the Timber Framers Guild, CNC and UNBC. But, after pursuing funding and grants from more than 20 different organizations, very few were forthcoming and the Board may have to pull the plug on the project.
“We had visitors coming from all over the world for this project as part of the Timber Framers Guild. Coming from as far away as Australia, Turkey, Dubai, England, Ireland, all over the States, all over Canada,” says Ranjit Gill, Executive Director for the Railway and Forestry Museum. “And, if we can’t go through with this project, I must say it’s a little bit embarrassing for Prince George and the area if we can’t pull this off.”
The capital costs of the were $1.2 million and some had been raised, but not nearly enough.
The Museum has put $250,000 of its own money into getting the site for the pavilion ready and Gill says the Board may want to carry on, but in a much more piecemeal fashion.
“Very disappointing. Very disappointing. You know, I was really hoping that this community project would go ahead because it would be a community space,” says Gill. “It could potentially be the new Farmers’ Market, we could hold concerts in it. There were so many opportunities, once this project was built, not only to provide accessibility and cover the rail cars, but for a community space that is covered and be open all year around.”
The Northern Development Initiatives Trust, Conifex and the Downtown Rotary all committed small amounts to the project. The City of Prince George and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George were asked for financial help but both deferred the matter for Administration. The museum was also turned down for a Canada 150 grant.

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