Vancouver councillors lay groundwork for naming a street or public place after Dal Richards

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      Legendary Vancouver big band leader Dal Richards is gone, but he's not likely to be forgotten.

      That's because the wheels are in motion to name a street or entertainment-oriented public place after the recently deceased musical icon.

      Richards died on New Year's Eve at the age of 97.

      NPA councillor Melissa De Genova has filed a notice of motion for the Tuesday (January 19) council meeting to direct staff to report back on options for identifying a place or civic asset that can carry his name.

      It's seconded by Vision Vancouver's Heather Deal, ensuring bipartisan support.

      The notice of motion praises Richards for his "acclaimed good works on behalf of the community".

      "Vancouver City Council is immensely grateful for Dal Richards' instrumental role in shaping the city that Vancouver is today and for the inspiration and support he provided to the city's youth to become involved in music," the notice of motion states.

      It calls on city staff to gather input from his family, the park board, the civic asset naming committee, the Pacific National Exhibition, and other stakeholders.

      During his lifetime, Richards received the Freedom of the City, the Order of Canada, the Order of B.C., and recognition on the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame's Star Walk on Granville Street.