A First Responders Sculpture and Memorial Park will be a symbol of resilience here in the RMWB.
At Tuesday night’s council meeting, Honouring the Heroes of Wood Buffalo Community Committee presented their initiatives of creating a monument to first responders in Beacon Hill.
The park is in memory of Emily Ryan and Aaron Hodgson who lost their lives during the evacuation.
Emily’s Father, Cranley Ryan says they received donations from the community and thought it would be best spent on the park in his daughter’s memory.
“Some funds started flowing into us from different donations that we didn’t want to benefit from ourselves but we thought at some point we could do something as a memorial, to recognize these kids that would give back to the community in some way.”
Ryan notes the proposed projects would be in Beacon Hill.
“Beacon Hill had a significant amount of personal interest to both of our families, both kids went to Beacon Hill school, they grew up in Beacon Hill, our families did.”
A maquette of the proposed design is on display at MacDonald Island Park. The sculpture is designed by Newfoundland artist Morgan MacDonald.
The committee will be taking input from the community on the final design concepts for the commemorative sculpture.
They will reconvene to council in September when final plans for the sculpture and park are expected to be finalized.
“It means a lot to me and as a dad, it brings me some comfort knowing that I did something as my part in developing a memorial to remember these kids and significantly recognize the events,” added Ryan.