The City Square in downtown Greenwood will become the area’s finest permanent memorial to the sacrifices of uniformed service men and women. A committee which includes members of the Harris-Hannah VFW Post 6527, the South Sebastian County Historical Society, Greenwood City Department heads, and concerned citizens has been formed to guide the process.
The Committee is working with Fort Smith architect Michael LeJong of MAHG Architecture on plans for the Square which will include monuments in stone with all the names of veterans that are submitted free of charge.
A redesign of the clock tower including a new roof and native stone fascia are planned as well as a new fountain, gazebo, and side walks. A wrought iron fence will also be added to the south side of the Square to provide additional safety and security.
Funding for the project is being provided by donations and work will progress as funds become available. Help in obtaining funding will also come from Senator Ed Wilkinson, and State Representatives Steve Breedlove and Shirley Walters.
A Veterans Memorial Park fund at Farmers Bank has been setup to receive donations for the memorial.
Public meetings are being held to with the Committee to gain ideas an input from the public. For more information or to give us your suggestions, please use the Parks & Recreations Contact Us Page.
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As part of the Veterans’ Memorial Square, a “Patriots Walk” will circle the Clock Tower and contain granite Stepping Stones each bearing the name of a veteran on whose behalf families have contributed.
These Stepping Stones are $150.00, will be uniform in size (12”x12”) and content, and will be randomly placed in the circle.
If you are interested in donating a Stepping Stone for a veteran in your family please click on the following link to print a subscription form.
Stepping Stone Subscription Form
Please let us hear from you for placement of a veteran’s name in our Memorial Square and “Patriot’s Walk”. At long last, this community will have a tribute to military service that says, “Thank You”.
Construction continues on our trail system connecting Phase I to Phase II. With the completion of construction from the old Hackett Bridge to the Highway 10 Spur Bridge the result is a complete two miles of paved walking trail.
Phase III to be completed on 2009. Click on the Site Plan to see a detailed view of the entire project. Trail construction is made possible in part by a grant from the Arkansas Recreational Trails Program.
Grandview Park Improvements
New playground equipment is in place at Grandview Park. The Parks Department paid for the equipment and a local Eagle Scout provided the installation. The Parks Department also revamped the existing pavilion in the park with rock work, new roof, and new paint. We will continue in 2009 with new impact material and border for the swing set and slide area.
New playground equipment will also be added to Ossie Louise Park in 2009 (neighborhood park in the Ridgecrest area) and future plans are in the works for Liberty Park on Ware Road.
Promenade at Bell Park
The Promenade at Bell Park is a Paved Walkway along the edge of atop Bell Park offering a view of all Greenwood and beyond.
The Promenade is a result of a $125,000. 50\50 matching Outdoor Recreation Grants Program from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Our match came from the 1/3 of the ¾ cent sales tax the Parks Department receives each year. The total cost of the project will be a little over $300.000.
The Architect for the project is Bob Callans of Bob Callans and Associates in Little Rock Arkansas The Contractor is Moreland Dixon. From Dixon Contracting Inc. Fort Smith Arkansas.
We hope to add Phase II of this project in the near future and our goal is to link up with the multi-purpose trail system downtown to allow pedestrian access all the way to Bell Park.