Groundbreaking Ceremony for Veterans Honor Park in Chesterfield scheduled for June 1, 2016
City of Chesterfield officials and the Veterans Honor Park Committee have scheduled a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Veterans Honor Park in Chesterfield on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:00 pm at the identified site, 631 Veterans Place Drive 63017. The park will be located adjacent to the south entrance of the Chesterfield Amphitheater. The groundbreaking is open to the public.
The ceremony will recognize all veterans in attendance, as well as those involved in the planning and implementation of the park and its future construction. Presentations will be given by a number of community and elected officials, including Mayor Bob Nation and Veterans Honor Park Committee member and WWII veteran, Lee Wall.
On May 16, City Council approved Volk Construction Company, a St. Louis-based company, as the general contractor for the project. Construction is scheduled to begin in early June 2016. The construction for the Veterans Honor Park includes a granite star monument and fountain, military seals and threshold pavers, paved sidewalks, inner ring benches and flagpoles. The construction will also enhance the street approach by creating a sanctuary occupied by arcing benches orbiting around the central monument fountain, as well as a grove of trees and additional landscaping that will provide a calm, yet engaging space for the community to honor and recognize veterans.
The Veterans Honor Park will be a site to honor past, present and future veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The park will be located on the west side of Veterans Place Drive in Chesterfield’s Central Park, and will occupy a 16,500 square foot area next to the south entrance of the Chesterfield Amphitheater. A model of the park is on display in the lobby at Chesterfield City Hall, 690 Chesterfield Parkway West.
The design vision of the park was created by architectural firm, Powers Bowersox Associates, as a calm and peaceful gathering place that is inviting, uplifting, educational, engaging and inspirational. The park will accommodate visitors during regular park hours, providing opportunities for individuals, families, or groups to gather for both educational discovery and contemplative retrospection.
The City of Chesterfield and the Veterans Honor Park Committee would like to extend a special thank you to all of the members of the Veterans Honor Park Committee, members of the City’s staff who have assisted them, AEP River Operations - a major donor, individual and corporate donors, as well as the St. Louis County Municipal Parks Grant Commission, which awarded approximately $525,000 toward the project.
The Veterans Honor Park offers a variety of donation opportunities including title sponsors, benches, and donor strips, as well as engraved pressed-concrete pavers.