Trees that were planted in honour of family members out front of Royal Inland Hospital are being removed.
Interior Health has put out a call for tenders for site preparation for the new clinical services building in front of RIH along Columbia Street.
In addition to groundwork and moving utilities, the memorial trees have to be removed — moving them isn't an option because of their size and age. An outdoor space is being created in memory of those who had trees planted for them.
The people who will be re-memorialized are: Sonja Wilford, Ray Perreault, Colin (Bud) McDonald and Victoria (Enid) McDonald, Albina (Bea) Redhead, Hannah Butts, Lorraine Biesenthal, A. R. (Bert) Wilson, Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion branch 52 (dearly departed members).
As well, arborists have recommended two memorial trees on Third Avenue be removed because they were diseased and were a safety hazard. They will be removed and the people they memorialized — Julie Black and Those Who Served, Royal Canadian Legion branch 52 — will be honoured in the future memorial garden.
The Transplant Memorial Garden that's behind the hospital electronic sign will be removed.
The groundworks contract is expected to be awarded at the end of August.