District of North Vancouver is considering a plan for a memorial garden or a memorial tree at the Lynn Valley Library, the site of the horrific stabbing last month that left one woman dead and several other injured.
The wilted flowers at the site are being collected, mulched and composted as DNV consider options for a future longer-term display, said Cassie Brondgeest, communications coordinator for the district.
Bulbs from plants are being collected and being placed in a planter that will be in the plaza over the summer.
“At this time, there are no finalized plans for a permanent memorial. However, memorial garden or tree is one idea under consideration,” she said.
In a statement, Mayor Mike Little said it will take time to heal from the tragedy, but added that the community has the strength and resiliency to get through this challenging period.
“Flowers from the memorial outside the library are being removed by the Parks department and preserved for compost that could be used in a future memorial garden. We will move other plants to a planter box in the plaza to create a display during the summer months as we consider longer-term options,” Little said.
Mayor Little also encouraged people to participate in the memorial virtually by sharing photos and messages online at LynnValleyRemembers.ca.
Although the North Shore Emergency Management Wellness and Resiliency Centre is now closed, the LynnValleyRemembers.ca site also has an online directory of community services and resources.
“The outpouring of love and support from our community has been heartwarming. We have also received well-wishes from organizations and individuals across Canada who stand strong with us, and I want to thank everyone who has expressed their support,” Little said.