New veteran’s park taking shape

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Lockbourne Administrative Assistant Kendall Collins, left, Mayor Christie Ward, center, and Rediscover Lockbourne President Cathy Nelson, right, enjoy the shade of a 20-foot gazebo installed in the village’s Veteran Park on Oct. 11 and paid for by the fundraising efforts of Rediscover Lockbourne.

The village of Lockbourne is not afraid to dream big.

According to Mayor Christie Ward, the idea of moving a small veteran’s park from Locke Meadow Park, dedicated in 2004, to the center of town, began with Councilman Tony Grandstaff three years ago.

“He had the idea to move the park in 2018 and the project was set in motion almost immediately,” said Ward as she watched workers from an Amish company prepare to install the last large park feature, an $18,500 gazebo paid for by Rediscover Lockbourne.

On Memorial Day this year, hundreds of people gathered in the new park for the first time to honor the sacrifice made by members of the military in service to the country. New flags flew in the breeze along pavement poured by a local company.

Again, like the gazebo, the flags and concrete work, along with benches, poles, flag pedestals, trees and a watering tank—everything in the park aside from $500 for the park design, $1,100 for tree trimming and $100 for miscellaneous work—was donated.

Monuments purchased by the Lockbourne Heritage Society for the previous park were moved at no cost by Thompson Plageman Memorials. A grant from South Central Power provided new trees. Shelly and Sands donated all of the concrete work at no cost to the village. Individuals provided funds to buy the military and American flags and poles.

“We had folks purchase benches in honor or memory of others and commemorate plaques will be placed on the flag poles,” said Ward. “The village only spent $1,700 out of its funds for the entire park.”

Ward estimated the total of donations made by village organizations, companies and individuals, along with a GoFundMe page, is more than $80,000.

“We want to do some landscaping and signage and buy planters and trash cans. Those are the final details we want to take care of,” said Ward, “and we want to have a dedication before winter sets in.”

The new Veteran’s Park is located at 95 Landis St., next to the village’s Historical Hall event center and in Lockbourne’s Town Square.

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