It may look a little barren, but the Veterans’ Plaza in front of City Hall will be ready for the Remembrance Day ceremonies on Wednesday.
“We’ll be going back in the spring to do some major landscaping,” says manager of Parks Aidan Kelly. “We decided it didn’t make sense to spend money now on flowers and plants that wouldn’t have much chance to survive the next couple of weeks.”
Crews are working this week to install the cenotaph, but Kelly says it won’t be a problem having it ready.
“We should be finished this weekend, and we’ll keep it tented for a couple of days to give it time to set.”
The granite for the cenotaph was quarried and engraved in Quebec, at one of only two quarries in Canada which have the right kind of granite. Then it was trucked across the country, arriving in Prince George last weekend. Kelly says he’s pretty happy with the way things are coming together, and he’s not the only one.
“The Legion is happy with how the project is going, and that’s important to us. For them, the plaza is like sacred ground.”
Kelly says while large projects like the Veterans’ Plaza can sometimes be hard to manage, this one wasn’t.
It came in on time and on budget, which is great, and it looks better than I thought it would.”