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Pitt Meadows plans memorial garden

The city will build a space for people to remember loved ones in South Bonson
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The memorial garden will feature granite markers engraved with names and dates

The City of Pitt Meadows will soon have a garden for people to remember and honour their loved ones.

The parks and recreation department is in the early stages of planning the project, which will be located in a waterfront park at Osprey Village.

If approved, work will begin next spring as one of several projects planned to mark the city’s centennial.

Mayor Deb Walters said the idea for the garden has been considered for a while.

“Pitt Meadows doesn’t have a cemetery or a place where people can sit and meditate and remember,” she added.

“It’s a beautiful location ... and a gorgeous view.”

The project is expected to cost $65,000 in 2014. Pitt Meadows staff also intend to apply for a matching grant through the Fraser Port Authority to assist with construction.

The memorial garden will be 7.5 metres in diameter and around 10.5 metres in length and will feature 10-centimetre by 10-centimetre  granite markers engraved with a name and date.

The conceptual design for the garden includes a space for public art and parks staff say it could also feature “poetry or uplifting sentiments or perhaps a medallion or artwork” within the plaza area.

The city will host an open house next year to give residents a  peek at the plans and solicit their suggestions.

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