A frequent Stanley Park rollerblader is irritated someone has ripped off the plaque at the Harry Jerome statue.
Scott Graham says he noticed the plaque, commemorating the athlete’s legacy, wasn’t there yesterday.
“It is quite a memorable statue, because people seem to like the pose that he’s taken there.”
And that’s not it, local sight-seeing tour guide Jeff Veniot says the plaque on a monument at Keefer and Columbia, which recognizes efforts made by Chinese railroad workers, has been missing for the past month.
Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung says this is just one in a spate of thefts that have plagued multiple Vancouver monuments.
She says they’re trying to solve the problem.
“We’re looking at different types of materials – that’s one option for us. The adhesive that’s used, and how they’re fixed and secured onto the different structures, so we’re trying to come up with some sort of solution, so we don’t see this happen.”
Kirby-Yung says replacements for plaques comes at a cost between $300 and $1000.
They’re made of bronze or copper, which makes them a target for thieves wanting to make a quick buck.