Every once in awhile something happens that makes you roll your eyes or do a facepalm. There is a park and community centre downtown here in Ottawa named after Jack Purcell. He was a local man who was well known for collecting broken hockey sticks, repairing them, and donating them for children to use. His family would have thought the naming of the park and the community centre was honour enough. A city design consultant, however, commissioned an artist to add onto that list of honours at the park. By googling the name and finding a different Jack Purcell, a resident of Guelph, Ontario. That Jack Purcell played badminton. These sculptures in the park are the result.
It has been suggested by some that they look like a Quidditch pitch, the game from the Harry Potter books. A city manager has tried to put the best spin on the story by saying the design was modified and it's meant to evoke an "urban forest". I wonder how he said that with a straight face.
A local resident quoted in the media did say it's a little embarrassing to be honouring the wrong Jack Purcell.
That would be an understatement.
To which I can only add these two items in closing.