There is a new online petition that aims to convince the Vancouver Park Board to rename the Jubilee Fountain in Stanley Park after BC provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
The historic fountain is located in the waters of Lost Lagoon, just on the west side towards the Stanley Park Causeway.
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“The sublimely beautiful Jubilee Fountain in Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon has long been a symbol of human ingenuity and natural beauty working together,” reads the petition. As of the time of writing, the petition has amassed over 400 signatures.
“We think that restoring and renaming it The Dr. Bonnie Henry Fountain would be a worthy and inspired way to help convey our thankfulness to ‘Dr. Bonnie’ for all her tireless and brilliant efforts to keep us safe,” continues the petition.
For a few years now, the fountain has been broken, and no effort has been made to fix the installation, which has a Heritage Monument designation.
Park Board staff previously told Daily Hive Urbanized that “the restoration of the fountain is under review as part of a broader study on the ecological and environmental health of Lost Lagoon.”
“Environmental issues of Lost Lagoon include water quality, sedimentation, invasive species, and contamination from urban storm water runoff. Restoration to deal with these issues impact and are impacted by the function, location and restoration of the fountain.”
When the fountain is operational, the jets in the concrete base are capable of propelling a stream of water over 100 ft into the air. This new verticality for the water feature and multicoloured nighttime lighting were gained from the 2010-completed restoration of the fountain.
During the holiday season, decorative lights are usually added to the stationary fountain to form a beacon of lights with the shape of a Christmas tree.
The fountain was first constructed in 1936 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the City of Vancouver, and it underwent its first restoration in 1986 to mark the city’s centennial and the Expo ’86 World’s Fair.