The Centre Street Hillside Walkway, currently being upgraded by White Rock staff, has been re-named the Helen Fathers Centre Street Walkway, in honour of the late city councillor.
A motion from Coun. David Chesney was discussed and unanimously endorsed by council at the Feb. 28 meeting, but the renaming was formally announced by Mayor Darryl Walker at the celebration of life service for Fathers at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre on March 2.
The popular councillor passed away Feb. 7 after a lengthy battle with pancreatitis.
The pedestrian walkway, which links Marine Drive with Victoria and Columbia Avenues, was revived by the city last year, following a never-implemented 2014 conceptual plan.
Chesney said at the Feb. 28 meeting that the idea had come forward as council searched for a way to honour Fathers’ memory in the community.
“I go back to – long before I was on this council – 2012, when Coun. Fathers took the initiative and started the process for the beautification of the Centre Street Walkway,” he said.
“As we are coming close to completion this year, and it has been one of this council’s priorities, I would like to put forward a motion that upon completion of the Centre Street Walkway that we dedicate it to the memory, and the hard work and love and cherishing that Coun. Fathers devoted to our community.”
Chesney said council had also considered some way of memorializing Fathers through the White Rock Farmers’ Market, for which she had served as operations manager.
“Helen was synonymous with the Farmers’ Market,” he said. “The problem is that’s not our land – (although) we will reach out to the Farmers’ Market to see if they were considering something to do with the market honouring Helen.”
In response to a question from CAO Guillermo Ferrero, Walker said that, as soon as the announcement was made, “I think we can start referring to it as that.”
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