Naming outdoor public spaces in Oliver will soon be written in stone.
Town council will visit the issue on Monday to either adopt the new naming policy or seek more information.
In her report, Corporate Officer Diane Vaykovich mentioned a previous request by Oliver Legion representative Peter McKenna. He asked that council consider naming the new Fairview Road park, Veterans Park. In addition, he suggested moving the Town Hall cenotaph to the new park.
McKenna’s request was supported by legion member Pat Hampson, who said moving the cenotaph would address safety concerns during Remembrance Day ceremonies.
However, Director of Operations Shawn Goodsell said moving the cenotaph would create significant challenges.
“Movement of the cenotaph could be identified as high risk with the potential of damage or collapse.”
Therefore, council is being advised to consider placement of a new cenotaph after the revitalization of Station Street. A potential location could be near Veterans Avenue.
Council has already approved the development plans for the new park to recognize the significance of the salmon run and harvest by First Nations peoples. An official name has yet to be voted on and approved.