HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – 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.

“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 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.