Damaged memorial bench returns to cenotaph ahead of Remembrance Day

Parks staff make restoration and reinstallation a priority

Oak Bay Parks Department reinstalled the memorial bench at the cenotaph.

The bench was removed for repairs after it was spray painted during a week-long protest camp.

“The wood was steam cleaned and run through a planer to remove the spray paint. It was then sanded and refinished,” said Tim Roberts, Oak Bay Parks. “The plaque was stripped and refinished and all the hardware was replaced. The legs were stripped of the spray-paint that had been applied and the original powder coating was deemed in good shape.”

The camp moved out early Nov. 1 and settled in Gyro Park in Cadboro Bay. Parks staff started cleanup that morning in preparation for the Nov. 11 service.

“We felt it was important that this bench be returned to its rightful place in time for Remembrance Day so the refinishing took top priority,” Roberts said.



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