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PARK PLANNING UNDERWAY 9-28-16 LMS

Developed design ideas for the newly named Veteranís Memorial Park were shown to members of the Salmon City Council at its September 28 meeting.

Former councilman Fred Waidely, retired Naval Master Chief Petty Officer, is a member the committee that asked the city to rename the park in honor of all veterans. He told the council that around $3,000 has been raised so far towards creation of the park. Monies are being channeled through an Eastern Idaho Credit Union fund established by Bob Baker.

Waidely then introduced local architect Don Stamp. Stamp and his intern, architect Aaron Hoffman, are both donating their time to design the Veteranís Memorial Park monument and gave the council a slide presentation of design concepts developed to this point. The final design will go through City Council approval.

Stampís father was a veteran of service in the US Air Force which makes military veterans very meaningful to him. Stamp said three designs have been combined into one to create an entrance and a memorial. He said the entrance is designed to continue the flow from Main Street to the Bear statue to the memorial park. There will be a central area containing insignias and emblems from the five branches of military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Exact locations of various displays are still being discussed. He said they would like to feature 12 inch bronze emblems for each segment of the armed forces and that perhaps the various local representatives of those services could find a way to fund the individual emblems. According to on-line research each bronze emblem would cost about $600. A marble or granite block would hold an inscribed dedication to all veterans and what they have given this country. During official ceremonies each individual service would be represented by its own flag.

Stamp said there is a lot of brainstorming going on pertaining to; how to raise money for the project, who could provide what in the way of materials and how to involve as many young people and citizens as possible. He asked the council to consider commenting on the preliminary designs.

Development of the park entrance and memorial will not involve any monetary cost to the city.

Waidely wanted the council to know that in addition to the preliminary design work on the monument, the landscaping on one corner the new library building is also being donated by Stamp and Hoffman.


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