The Greater Terrace Beautification Society Memorial Project

Hillary Johnson

Chris Arnold's civic contributions and his unexpected passing in 2017 was tabled at Terrace city council last night, as they considered and concurred with a request from the Greater Terrace Beautification Society to build a memorial project in his honour.

Arnold was a long-time resident and co-creator of provincial networking inc., a program that provides support, training and behavioral consulting and employment to individuals with developmental disabilities in the Northwest.

The proposed project will include a zen inspired shelter structure, in the style of the information board, at the Howe Creek Tree Park. The project is to be built at the east end of the Grand Trunk direct pathway and will include associated hardscape, sidewalk extension, a slab for structure, landscaping, bench, and a memorial plaque.

Terrace Beautification Society Vice President, Dave Gordon, says that this project has many benefits.

"The proposed structure will serve as both an aesthetically pleasing meeting place, as well as a shelter from the weather, rain, snow, and sun for people using the linear park. The proposed structure and associated landscape will resolve the community challenge by partially obstructing the view and noise of the rail yard by improving the overall aesthetic and user experience of the pathway."

The conceptual plan for the site has been provided. However, to make this project possible, the society is looking for in-kind funding from the council to support the extension of the adjacent sidewalk and slab to support the memorial site.

Other sources of funding are also needed to proceed with the final design work.

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