Memorial park committee will host open house |

Memorial park committee will host open house

Tamara Miller
Special to the Daily A conceptual design for the memorial at Freedom Park in Edwards.

EDWARDS – The public is invited to share their opinions on the memorial planned for Freedom Park at Berry Creek. The memorial will honor veterans and emergency service workers.The open house is scheduled for 6 p.m-7:30 p.m. in Room 110 at the Colorado Mountain College facility in Edwards.

The public will be presented with preliminary sketches of two memorial areas being considered for construction at Freedom Park. Current sketches show a veteran’s memorial in the southwest corner beside the pond and a memorial honoring emergency service workers in the northwest corner. Connecting the two memorials will be a walkway called Freedom Trail, and benches and rest areas will be placed throughout the park.

A committee consisting of veterans, families of veterans, emergency service personnel and local citizens began meeting in June to organize the memorial effort.

It is anticipated that Eagle County officials will participate in the development of the memorial by contributing land and services. Construction is planned for April 2005 with a dedication ceremony July 4, 2005. The actual memorial will be financed by the committee’s fund-raising efforts, one of which will be the sale of pavers – bricks used to construct the walkway – which can be used to memorialize family members or friends. The cost is expected to be $50 to $85 per paver.Tamara Miller is a staff writer for the Vail Daily. She can be reached at tmiller@vaildaily.comVail Colorado

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