Cochrane’s new bridge will be named the Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge. Council announced the name, which was chosen by public vote, at the Council meeting on Monday.
Jack Tennant was the founder of the Cochrane Eagle newspaper. Tennant, a long-time photojournalist, columnist and active philanthropist, passed away in May 2018.
“The Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge will provide our community with a long-awaited road and pathway connection from the Spray Lakes Family Sports Centre and Cochrane’s commercial district to the south east communities of Riviera and Riversong,” said Mayor Jeff Genung. “This important piece of community infrastructure will provide long-term recognition of Jack Tennant and his many contributions to our community.”
Brenda Tennant, Jack’s wife, and other members of his family attended the Council meeting for the official announcement.
Public engagement on a name for the new bridge began in May 2018, with a final vote taking place in February. The community initially suggested a total of 213 names. The list was narrowed to 124 unique suggestions that aligned with categories in Cochrane’s Naming of Streets and Public Areas policy. The public voted by category and 11 names were approved by Council for the final vote.
The new bridge across the Bow River at the east end of Griffin Road is currently under construction and is on budget and on time for the anticipated opening in Fall 2020.