A memorial arch was erected in honour of a man killed in a hit-and-run incident in Parksville last year. (Peter McCully photo)

UPDATE: Memorial arch honouring hit-and-run victim in Parksville dismantled

City cites potential liability to people using park and beach

A memorial arch erected in honour of a man killed in a hit-and-run incident in Parksville last year has been taken down due to the structure not having the proper permit.

The man’s family has asked that his name not be further circulated, but did want to honour him. They said they “chose to ask for forgiveness and grace rather than permission with this arch, [because] of the circumstances as they are.”

READ MORE: One year later, still no news on 2019 fatal hit-and-run incident in Parksville

City officials said they have been in contact with the family but were not able to let the structure remain.

“Unfortunately due to the potential liability to those people using the park and beach, we are not able to allow the memorial arch to remain. We have advised the person making the request and the structure will be dismantled. We do understand this is a sad time, the one-year anniversary of the passing of [the victim],” said the manager of communications for the city, Deb Tardiff on Tuesday.

The family said they were disappointed the city decided to take it down, rather than working with them to find a solution.

“I had faith in the kindness of Parksville to do the right thing by understanding this isn’t just an unsolved case. This is the change agent to the rules of decency,” they said.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 


Just Posted

Sandstone project could transform southern face of Nanaimo

Seacliff Properties touting 3,000 homes, new commercial and industrial districts

New report finds ‘chronic’ shortage of daycare spaces across Greater Victoria

52 per cent of demand met in the best for six surveyed communities

‘Each step is a prayer’: Ojibwe man walking from Hope to Saanich for healing, reconciliation

‘Kind Lightning’ James Taylor departed Sunday for five days journey

Out on a Limb: What I learned from living through a pandemic

Awesome, I thought, when the pandemic hit, I’ll learn some new skills.

Masks and temperature checks now mandatory to enter Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre

Mall says it’s the first in B.C. to put these kind of measures in place

COVID-19: 4 more deaths, 366 new cases in B.C. since Friday

A total of 8,208 people in B.C. have tested positive for COVID-19 since January

Purebred breeders go for a walk in Nanaimo to show off their dogs

Purebred dog breeders sometimes get a bad rap, says event organizer

Victoria man to run marathon after overcoming rare cancer diagnosis

Nigel Deacon was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2010

Authors nominated for Victoria Book Prize awards

Finalists for 2020 announced in two categories

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Group wants Parliament, courts to hold social media to same standard as publishers

Daniel Bernhard made the comments shortly after Friends of Canadian Broadcasting released a research paper

B.C. ELECTION: Comox Valley ridings short on voter options as snap election called

Courtenay-Comox riding has two candidates; Mid Island-Pacific Rim only has one

West Shore RCMP seeks video footage after homeowner interrupts Colwood break and enter

Police were called to 600-block of Stornoway Drive late Sunday

VIU Elder College going online with dozens of courses this fall

There are 16 courses in the September session

Most Read