Believe it or not the City has only one named park. The park is Veterans Memorial Park and is located at the corner of Dawn Drive and Thunderbird across from City Hall. It has been there since 1999 when a group of residents prepared the property. Later in 2002 they erected a gazebo and inlayed paver bricks to name the contributors who made building the park possible.
In late 2007 a small campaign was started by collecting names of residents who have honorably served in the armed forces of our country. As we continued to collect names we were asked, “WE HAVE A VETERANS PARK? WHERE IS IT LOCATED?” Well, all of this is about to change. In January of 2016 the City Council established a committee to research, gather, and provide public input concerning the upgrading and refurbishing of the park. A committee of seven citizens was named to design the park, consult with an architect, and present their findings to the City Council.
In late 2016 the committee made a video presentation to the City Council and the following Capital Improvement Plan session approved a partial allocation toward the park’s new visual attractiveness.
Included in the concept is a pathway honoring veterans consisting of PAVER BRICKS inscribed with names of those being honored. A copy of the application form is available at City Hall and the cost of the engravings is $100 per paver brick for three lines with 18 characters per line. If you wish to purchase more than one brick, you will need to fill out a form for each one but only need to present one check to City Hall.
Preparations for the park begin March 2017 with a proposed completion date and ribbon cutting slated for November 11, 2017 - VETERANS DAY.
"We will also be paying special tribute to Vietnam veterans (and surviving family members) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War," said committee member Mike LaPlant.
(Please click on the link for more info: http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/about/)
The committee’s regular meeting is every second Monday at 6pm in the Council Chambers. Join us to learn more about the details, continuing updates, and progress.