Plano’s Veterans Memorial Park will be undergoing renovations to construct a new plaza and trail around the park that will give residents the opportunity to honor military service members.
The Memorial Park Donor Recognition Plaza project will remove and reconstruct the looped trail around the park’s lawn area, according to city documents. A new plaza and seating area will be built along with planting beds, a sculptural element and new trees to further improve the park’s appearance.
Those wishing to honor an armed forces member will be able to buy a brick paver to add to the walkway with the service member's name and title inscribed on it.
City officials said the project will enhance resident interaction at Memorial Park, located at 2101 Bay Hill Drive, while providing a new way to personally recognize Plano’s veterans.
City Council unanimously approved $623,904 in funding for the project at its Jan. 24 meeting.
Council Member Rick Grady said the Plano Parks and Recreation Department did a “great” job putting this project together. As a veteran, he stated that honoring U.S. military members is a personal passion.
“[Texas] has the second-largest population [of veterans] in the United States,” Grady said. “In the city of Plano, there are 12,000 [veterans]. I really appreciate the work that the city and the citizens have done for the veterans of this community and for bringing this to everyone’s attention so we can honor them in another way.”
A construction timeline has not yet been released. More information on Memorial Park can be found here.