NPA commissioner wants park board to honour Grace McCarthy

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      Grace McCarthy is best known to Vancouverites as a former deputy premier and perhaps the most influential Social Credit politician from Vancouver.

      She also sat on the Vancouver park board for six years in the 1960s. And one of the current commissioners, John Coupar, wants the board to honour McCarthy by directing staff to work with her family to "develop an outdoor space" that tells her story and honours her contributions.

      Coupar's notice of motion will be presented at the Monday (June 19) board meeting.

      It points out that McCarthy started the Stanley Park Christmas train tradition and arranged for B.C. Hydro to provide the lighting.

      According to Coupar, McCarthy was also "at the forefront of the campaign to build the Bloedel Conservatory" in time for Canada's centennial celebrations.

      In addition, she ensured that the province delivered $1 million to the VanDusen Botanical Gardens.

      McCarthy died last month at the age of 89.