January 4, 2018 - The pond at the newly named Veterans Park is scheduled to be finished in summer 2018, after crews rebuild the walls of the pond and create a safety shelf just below the surface of the water. The need for the additional work was not originally scheduled as part of the project and was not apparent until the sidewalk around the pond was removed, exposing erosion behind the pond wall.
This additional work necessitates a contract change to the $2.1 million renovation project and the details are currently being worked on. The City Council, on September 5, 2017, approved a contract amendment for the designer to complete final design for the reconstruction of the pond wall.
On November 21, 2017, the Council approved the design for a monument at the park to honor the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. Veterans Park, formerly known as Village Pond Park, will have five monuments around a majestic tree. The monuments honor the Coast Guard, Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy. Each etched concrete monument will have a bronze seal of the branch of the service it represents, topped with a mosaic folded American flag.
A construction contract for the monument area has not been approved, so an overall project deadline has not been set.