Plan to honour councillor targets park

Details may soon be known on how Vernon will permanently remember a respected civic leader.

About 15 people attended an open house Tuesday to discuss plans to honour Patrick Nicol, a longtime councillor who died in January.  The concepts were based on 90 responses provided by the public.

“The biggest theme is something at Polson Park,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham, a member of a committee overseeing the process.

“The committee is looking at something in the area of the band shell.”

Specific details are still being worked out by the committee and a recommendation will be made to  city council May 26.

“We’re learning towards the whole (band shell) area being identified as a gathering place and there being a memorial to Patrick there,” said Cunningham.

It’s hoped that some aspects of the tribute can be unveiled July 1 during Canada Day celebrations, an event Nicol organized for years.

“It would be the perfect time to do it,” said Cunningham.

In remembering Nicol, the committee asked for suggestions that reflected Nicol’s values, could be accessed by the entire community and that built on existing infrastructure.

Discussions have also been held with Nicol’s family to get a sense of what kind of memorial would be appropriate.

“We spoke to Patrick’s brother and it was felt he  (Patrick) would be uncomfortable with anything too big,” said Cunningham.




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