Park Foundation yearns for new memorial
- March 31, 2015
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Veterans Memorial Park is decorated with memorials from WWI up through the Vietnam War and now a new possibility is on the horizon.
Working with the Pensacola Young Professionals, the Veterans Memorial Park Foundation is looking for community support to have a global world terror memorial designed and placed in the park.
"We want the idea to come from the community," said W.A. "Butch" Hansen, foundation president.
Veterans Memorial Park Foundation President Butch Hansen at one of the potential sites of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial.
The foundation currently has upward of $100,000 — the most the organization has had since its establishment in 2013 — but those funds are reserved for monthly bills including landscaping and park security.
Since money used for the design and build of park memorials is acquired through fundraising and donations only, the foundation is considering using its current funds for park restrooms.
According to Hansen, there are some Pensacola City Council members interested in building public restroom facilities in the downtown area which would include the park, but the foundation would have to get a grant to assist in the restroom project.
The focus now is raising awareness in the community of the possibility of a new memorial. If plans move forward, Hansen said it would cost a couple thousand dollars. The foundation did receive a BP grant from the 2010 Deepwater Horizen oil spill but it's not enough for the new memorial.
Once funds are raised, it would take about a year to approve a design then have it approved by the city, Hansen said.
The Veterans Memorial Park Foundation is accepting donations for the global world terror memorial project. Information about the Foundation can be found at www.veteransmemorialparkpensacola.com.