HUMBOLDT — A committee tasked with developing a memorial for those affected by the 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus crash is closer to a proposal.
“After polling the parents and the families of the team that were involved in the tragedy, they want to contribute something back,” said Rob Muench, Humboldt’s mayor and a member of the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Committee. “They think a legacy to those lost should be in the form of some sort of facility to the community.”
The mayor said that while what type of facility has not yet been decided, the committee is leaning towards one that’s been talked about for years. The two top projects on the city’s wishlist for recreational facilities have been a field house and a theatre.
“We really haven't decided,” Muench said. “The committee will recommend something to council and then I think it's up to council at that point to look at whether that's feasible for the community financially and whether we can afford it.”
This facility will also be the place to exhibit memorial donations. The committee’s minutes said that space should be at least as large as the current exhibit at the gallery, with areas for changing exhibits and a space for reflection. Muench said there’s also been interest expressed by businesses to donate to a legacy project. He told council at their Nov. 25 meeting he didn’t want to delay too long so as to take advantage of that interest.
Grants from the provincial and federal governments would also be a key factor in determining if a legacy facility would move forward.