HUNTERSVILLE – Several organizations plan to enhance Main and Maxwell Park by introducing a veteran’s memorial.
The effort coincides with a recent town decision to rename the downtown park to Veterans Park at Main and Maxwell.
The Town of Huntersville, American Legion Post 321 and Rotary Club of Lake Norman joined to raise money to construct the memorial park to honor past and present Armed Forces members.
The park, which will be over an acre, needs several redevelopments in buildings, parking and infrastructure.
The town hopes to receive a $500,000 grant from the state, which could be approved July 11, in addition to fundraising for the memorial site.
“We anticipate at the end of July to start fundraising,” said Jack Simoneau, town planning director. “People can buy a personalized brick and the money will be used for construction.”
The brick serves as a dedication or tribute to veterans.
“Every community wants to honor those people who serve their country,” Simoneau said. “The park is a focal point for our community who sacrificed the ultimate for our freedoms.”
Assuming the grant is approved, demolition and site work will begin in the fall. The project is expected to be complete in summer 2015.
Michael Jaycocks, parks and recreation director, said if the grant is not approved, the town can pull money from the Capital Reserve Fund to help push the project forward.
The park will consist of a monument for each branch of service, along with a multi-purpose building, green lawn, stage, red caboose behind the stage and water shoot.
Rotary member Chris Jones said the club got involved in the park because of the interest in veterans projects.
“We participated in the Cornelius veterans memorial event,” Jones said. “The Rotary is very supportive of the community.”
The Rotary Club of Lake Norman began in 1998. All 41 of its members are involved in the veterans park.
Jaycocks said parks and recreation also had the idea of creating a veterans park after discussing joint use with the American Legion.
“The park was just a park,” Jaycocks said. “The Legion talked to us about it.”
The park will face Huntersville-Concord Road. The memorial will be at the front of the park.