The District of Hudson's Hope is drafting a new policy for memorial benches, with six sites earmarked at the Garden of Peace and Pioneer cemeteries, the town's local parks, and open spaces.
The topic was sparked by requests from residents looking to place benches near loved ones at Garden of Peace and other district-owned public spaces.
Mayor Dave Heiberg says the policy is intended to establish a standard for the types of memorial benches used, ensuring they match in style and quality of materials. The policy has yet to be approved, with public works currently reviewing critique from council.
"What we're trying to do is get some standardization around quality and design, for not just our cemeteries but all of our open spaces," said Heiberg.
"The idea is to build an inventory of having them available for people to purchase from a supplier that has a certain quality. We wanted to get away from using plastics, like we've done at Beattie Park."
The benches would be completely public-driven, with six available to purchase through the district, which has set aside $10,000 for the first set. Benches would be set in place for a 15-year term, with residents required to provide the memorial plaques for public works staff to install.
If residents decide not to renew a contract for the benches, they would then become available for other residents to purchase.
Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative. Email Tom at email@example.com