Chilliwack’s heritage is about to become a little more visible in six locations throughout the city. At the March 3, 2020 Regular Meeting of Council, Council approved the Heritage Advisory Committee’s recommendation to wrap six electrical kiosks with images historically relevant to the area to promote Chilliwack’s heritage and beautify their respective locations.
The Heritage Advisory Committee is a Select Committee of Council that has been providing input on the development of a Heritage Strategic Plan for the City, which will be presented to Council later this year. The Committee pre-selected locations for these wraps based on several criteria, including high visibility, neighbourhood, high graffiti areas, and areas with limited opportunity for other street beautification.
“We conducted extensive community consultation as part of the Heritage Strategic Plan development process, and it quickly became clear that there is a deep, shared desire in the community to learn more about our City’s rich heritage,” said Councillor Sue Knott, Chair of the Heritage Advisory Committee. “Our Committee identified the kiosk wrapping program as an excellent opportunity to share more of our heritage with residents throughout Chilliwack.”
The six wraps will each display images that are historically relevant to their location. For example, Alexander Avenue will receive a wrap featuring the former City Hall with military soldiers and a kiosk on Progress Way near Lickman Road will feature a Ts’elxwéyeqw woman in a canoe. The other locations include Wellington Avenue near College Street, Yarrow Central Road across from Yarrow Pioneer Park, Vedder Road near Storey Avenue and Yale Road in Chilliwack Proper.
“Our existing kiosk wrapping program has been successful at deterring vandalism and brightening public spaces,” said Mayor Popove. “Being able to blend this program with a celebration of Chilliwack’s heritage is a small way to achieve a big win for our city.”
In order to ensure each anti-graffiti wrap enhances the area it is placed in, each design or photo goes through an approval process with either the Heritage Advisory Committee or Chilliwack’s Public Art Advisory Committee, Chilliwack City Council and BC Hydro before installation.