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Love Lock Sculpture To Likely Be Installed In Queen Elizabeth Park

Love Lock Sculpture To Likely Be Installed In Queen Elizabeth Park

This all stems back to 2013 when love locks made their first debut in Vancouver on the railings of the Burrard Bridge. Nearly thousands of couples participated in the short phenomenon until it was cut short by the city, who feared structural damage and had every lock removed. In 2014, love locks resurfaced in Vancouver on the seawall of Northeast False Creek, but were once again removed.

Realizing the city of Vancouver may be overreacting, NPA councilor George Affleck called on the city and Park Board to create a designated area for lock locks earlier this year. The park board hosted a public consultation from August 19 – September 16 and asked residents to vote for one of thirteen locations they would want to be home to the city’s new love lock sculpture.

Nearly 2,100 surveys were completed, with over 50% of voters indicating they liked the idea. When it came down to location, 33% voted for English Bay Beach Park, 24% voted for Queen Elizabeth Park, and 23% of votes went towards Kitsilano Beach Park.

While English Bay Beach Park and Kitsilano Beach Park are easily accessible areas, the Park Board is showing concern  as both locations are known as traditional First Nations lands.

“Archaeological sensitivity is very high in these parks” reads the recommendation report. “There is strong cultural connection to these locations and the Park Board is currently collaborating with representatives from the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Initial discussions with staff and the First Nations confirm that, of the top three locations, the only suitable location for the sculpture is in Queen Elizabeth Park.”

The Park Board will vote on the recommendation this Wednesday. If approved, staff will then search for an artist to design the love locks sculpture which they recommend “should be unique to Vancouver”.

The process of designing and installing the sculpture is expected to take up to 12 months.

Love Locks have also popped up at New Westminster’s Pier Park, and have yet to be addressed by the city.

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