The Vancouver Park Board commemorates former Vice President Grace McCarthy with a plaza and plaque

The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation has commemorated its former Vice President Grace McCarthy with a new plaque and plaza.

McCarthy died in 2017 at the age of 89, after a long battle with a brain tumor.

The new Grace McCarthy Plaza is located at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park near the Bloedel Conservatory, a location the park council says it worked tirelessly to ensure it was completed.

McCarthy served as vice-chairman of the park board for three terms and has been a lifelong ambassador for the city’s green spaces, the park board said in a news release.

Park board chairman Stuart Mackinnon said the chosen location, which overlooks the city and mountains, is a perfect fit for a McCarthy memorial, as the view from the square overlooks his Vancouver-Little Mountain constituency. .

McCarthy ran for the Social Credit party and won in the riding of Vancouver-Little Mountain in 1966, and was quickly appointed to cabinet, where she served for the remainder of the former premier of Colombia’s term. -British, WAC Bennett.

“His favorite things were things to do with horticulture, trees and flowers…so we thought that was very fitting,” he said.

Mackinnon said McCarthy spearheaded a number of important initiatives during her three terms as vice president, including establishing the Bloedel Conservatory, championing the VanDusen Botanical Garden and creating the park’s annual Christmas train. Stanley.

“She was a truly larger than life person, everyone loved Grace McCarthy.”

McCarthy went on to serve as a minister in the governments of the first three Social Credit ministers for three decades and was dubbed “Amazing Grace” by her own party.

She was instrumental in bringing Expo 86 to Vancouver, building the SkyTrain and lighting the Lion’s Gate Bridge, according to Mackinnon.

“Grace McCarthy left an indelible mark not just on the city of Vancouver, but on the province,” he said.

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