Brunswick's Memorial Park to get a facelift
Originally published July 10, 2008

By Karen Gardner
News-Post Staff

BRUNSWICK -- The Brunswick City Council on Tuesday approved the first step needed to spruce up long-neglected Memorial Park.

The council agreed to provide a right-of-way for the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars to build a monument on the A Street median, where the park is located.

The park already has a World War II-era Stuart tank and a metal book that stands several feet high, containing the names of veterans who served in World War I and II.

What it doesn't have is landscaping. Also, the book is rusting and can't be opened. Concrete pads where machine guns once stood are empty since the guns were moved to the Brunswick American Legion building.

The monument will be new to the park. "It will be dedicated to all veterans who served our country in peace and in war," Floyd Goetz, a VFW member, said. The entire project is expected to cost $45,000. Half of that has been raised.

The VFW has hired a landscape architect in Jefferson to design the park. Brunswick's Public Works Department will need to approve the plans before construction begins.

Goetz said he expects the project will take two years to complete. The park will have a meditation area with the names of all local service members who have been killed in action. The park will also have flowers and shrubs; a bed of poppies is planned.

To raise funds, the VFW plans to sell stones carved with the names of local veterans. The VFW has also asked the local Fraternal Order of Eagles chapter for a donation to help refurbish the book. The FOE originally paid to have the book created.

The park will be made handicapped accessible.

Memorial Park was often used in the post World War II years, but the community's Veteran's Day parade has bypassed it since the 1970s. The park gets little attention other than by city mowing crews, except each Memorial Day when a small ceremony takes place.