Citing a lack of appropriate locations Williams Lake’s public works manager is asking the City to discontinue its memorial bench program.
Established in 1982, the program has seen 35 benches installed throughout City property on Scout Island, Kiwanis, Boitanio and Gardner Parks, as well as in the River Valley and streets downtown, Matt Sutherland noted in a report council will discuss at its May 21 committee of the whole meeting.
“With the number of benches currently in place throughout the City, there are no longer any feasible locations to continue this program,” Sutherland stated in the report.
There is an existing memorial tree program which provides another option, and Sutherland is asking council to consider memorial walls as another alternative and included some examples of what that might look like.
Currently a bench with an inlaid brass plaque can be ordered for $700 by a resident with a 10-year guarantee for replacement or repair.