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City of Powell River restores sign at entrance to Townsite

Historic neighbourhood designation marker has been given new life
RESTORED GREETING: Gathering at the newly renovated entrance to Townsite sign are [from left] Townsite Ratepayers Society member Ron Salome, City of Powell River carpenter Rick McLean, ratepayers society president Diana Collicutt and city carpenter Eirian John. The sign now has a concrete foundation.

City of Powell River crews have restored the Townsite sign on Marine Avenue by Brooks Secondary School that greets people entering the historic district.

City works crews have taken the sign, which was previously just held up by wooden posts that rotted away, and installed concrete foundations on which to affix it. Blackberries that surround the intricately carved sign have also been cut back so it is much more visible to passing motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Townsite Ratepayers Society president Diana Collicutt said the society wants to extend its sincere appreciation for the upgrade and installation of the sign along Highway 101, acknowledging entrance into Townsite.

“The presence of the sign in place is particularly important for Powell River’s tourism industry to acknowledge our national historic district and entrance into the historic neighbourhood,” said Collicutt. “On behalf of all the members of the Townsite Ratepayers Society and its board of directors, we thank the city employees for the work that was done.

“We are really happy that it is back up for all to see. Having this permanent installation welcomes people to our historic neighbourhood.”

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