The Larche Memorial Park will be named in memory of Constable Douglas James Larche of Saint John. Constable Larche was one of three Codiac RCMP officers who lost his life in the line of duty on June 4, 2014.
“The dedication of the west side park will honour the memory of a man who grew up in Saint John and meant a great deal to our community,” said Saint John Mayor Mel Norton. “It serves to recognize, remember and celebrate the life of Constable Douglas James Larche, and pay tribute to the work of peace officers.”
Citizens are invited to attend the dedication ceremony and official unveiling of the Larche Memorial Park on Hillcrest Drive, west Saint John, at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 19. A reception will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 69.
During the park dedication ceremony, Mayor Mel Norton, members of Common Council, and City staff will be joined by park donors, members and family of the RCMP, members of the Saint John Police Force, and the community to pay special tribute to Constable Larche and his fellow fallen officers, Constable Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, and Constable Dave Joseph Ross.
Upgrades to the green space in the park include the addition of new signage; a custom-designed, granite monument; 12 park benches with concrete footing and inscribed plaques; royal red maple trees; and a flag pole.
The park dedication is a result of a partnership between The City of Saint John, the Larche family, donors and members of the community, and is largely supported by the following benefactors: Canaport LNG, Nelson Monuments Ltd., The RCMP Foundation, W & S General Contractors Ltd., Lafarge Canada Inc., RCMP Spouses across Canada, Codiac RCMP Officers and Staff, The New Brunswick Association of Chiefs of Police, The Saint John Police Association, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 69 Lancaster, The Community Foundation, Atcan Display Ltd., Creative Sign Services, The Estey Group, Cedarcrest Gardens and Duke Creative Collective.