In other activity, funding approval for a concept plan for the proposed Parker County Veteran’s Memorial at Soldier Spring Park was made by the board. Final discussion and potential for the spending of an estimated $17,000 to $20,000 is expected to be decided by the city council in the next few weeks.
Under the proposal, city staff would manage the concept plan. Originally set for a 0.15-acre site at the corner of Eureka Street and Santa Fe Drive, American Legion and VFW members began working with Gold Star Families and the need for a larger site became apparent.
Before construction on the new site could begin, a concept plan needed to be approved. No plan for the new site had yet been brought to the board.
Felts said after meeting with representatives of all three groups, it was determined that to allow the project to move forward and get the groups more focused on fundraising, city staff would take over management of the plan. Under the proposal, a public meeting would be held to get ideas and suggestions for the memorial, scheduled to be on a 2 1/2-acre site in the park.
Some fundraising for the memorial has already been done in the form of bricks, which would be incorporated into the plan for the new area, Felts said.
“All the groups want a cohesive memorial,” Felts said. “We will have something designed that will fit the area.”