Julia Goudkova thought painting her late partner’s memorial park bench was a great way to celebrate his memory.
Colin Mackay died in a motorcycle accident in 2015.
Goudkova has sanded, washed, primed and painted the memorial bench near Maple Street and Ogden Avenue on Kits Point vivid colours of yellow, red, teal and white.
Now the City of Vancouver says it has to go.
“They said that … it would impede with the uniformity of the look of the park,” Goudkova told CBC News, as she finished touching up some yellow leaves. “They basically said they qualify it as tagging, as graffiti and vandalism.”
Apparently painting memorial park benches is not allowed in Vancouver and the bench will be replaced with a new one after a memorial is held at the park for Mackay on July 2nd.
A dedicated park bench in Vancouver currently costs $5,500 and includes a personalized plaque for 10 years.
Last modified: June 29, 2019