Warner Robins veterans park would be a Memorial Day destination

wcrenshaw@macon.comMay 25, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- Within the next two or three years, city officials are hopeful to have a place that will be ideally suited for the recognition of Memorial Day.

Although there has been little movement on it yet, city officials say plans for a park dedicated to veterans remain in place.

“There is definitely going to be a veterans park,” said Councilwoman Carolyn Robbins.

Last year she and some other city officials toured other veterans parks in the state to get ideas. They originally hoped to make the veterans park part of developing a park at Walker’s Pond near Houston Mall, and some plans were even drawn up.

However, Robbins said the city decided a veterans park at Walker’s Pond would bring too much traffic into the neighborhood, so that park will be more of a passive park.

With that decision, the biggest task ahead becomes determining a location for the veterans park. Robbins said she is hopeful that within the next two or three years the park will be opened.

The city has to build the park, she said, because it is part of the 2012 special purpose local option sales tax.

Among ideas gleaned from the other parks city officials visited is placing a memorial for each branch of the military service.

Councilman Mike Davis, who also has been closely involved with the veterans park initiative, said he had hoped it would be further along by now. However, he noted the city has a new mayor and mostly new council.

“We’ve just got to get everybody oriented and move forward,” he said.

Davis said he wants more than just a park named in honor of veterans.

“I want to build something, wherever we build it at, that is like nothing anywhere else,” he said. “I want something that is unique to our area because the only reason Warner Robins is here is because of the military.”

Davis said he also believes that the city’s decision to hire a person to direct SPLOST projects will help move the veterans park along.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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