Park Grand Opening Set for Nov. 10, 2019
The Oswegoland Park Foundation, in conjunction with the Veterans Serenity Park Committee, are nearing completion on the riverfront park in downtown Oswego. The committee has been securing private funding over the past 12 months to build the park and structural work began early last week.
The park will house riverfront pods dedicated to the five branches of the service. Additionally, the eternal flame will be housed in a cascading water feature currently being constructed by Aquascape of St. Charles.
The park will feature memorial benches, tribute bricks honoring present and past service personnel with some going back to the Civil War. Also being constructed will be a reflective butterfly garden immediately behind the entry way. The walkway from the Vietnam Wall that visited Oswego in 2017, was preserved and will be featured throughout the park.
The park is designed to be a lasting tribute to the men and women that have served and sacrificed for our country. It is a solitude sanctuary designed to let people from every walk of life seeking a quiet setting to enjoy the beauty of the river and a peaceful refuge.
“This park is a labor of love for the Oswegoland community and will be preserved into perpetuity honoring our veterans,” commented Chairman Dave Krahn. “I can’t say thank you enough to the people, businesses and the Oswegoland Park District for stepping up to the plate to make this a reality.”
The parks major benefactor has been Phil Edwards, owner of Twin Oaks Landscaping. “Without Phil’s involvement and expertise, this park would not have happened. He is the epitome of what Oswego is all about,” Krahn stated. “We are also fortunate to have Rep Stephanie Kifowit and Rep Keith Wheeler standing tall for Oswego.”
The park has many helping hands and naming several of the top benefactors include Mike Schoppe of Schoppe Design, Rick Kuhn of RJ Kuhn, Phil Solecki of Trinity Electric, Ken Bertrand of Allied Bank, Neal Dodd of L.J. Dodd Construction, Semper Fi, Fox River Stone and of course Chad Feldotto and Rich Zielke of the Oswegoland Park District. Invaluable resources that consistently strive to make Oswego the community of choice.
Plans call for the official dedication and grand opening to take place on Sunday, November 10th at 2pm. There are still memorial bricks available for purchase prior to the opening and information can be found at www.oswegoveteranspark.org or contact Dave Krahn at Krahn.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available
You can contribute to the construction of Oswego Veterans Serenity Park by purchasing one of our sponsorship opportunities. View the sponsorship brochure by clicking the button and downloading it below. You may also find our brick and bench order forms below.
Veterans Serenity Park Coming in 2019!
Area veteran organizations, community members, and the Oswegoland Park District have collaborated to form the Veterans Serenity Park Committee. This unique community partnership is excited to announce plans to build Veterans Serenity Park along the Fox River in Oswego. The park will be located on Adams Street at the North edge of Hudson Crossing Park, across from the former Oswego Greenhouse.
Veterans Serenity Park will be a continuation of recognizing area military personnel and will prominently feature the walkway from the Vietnam Wall that traveled to Oswego last summer. It will spotlight the five branches of the armed services and is designed as a park of reflection and honor.
Plans call for the park officially open in 2019.
The site plans call for benches, bricks, sculptures and a water feature that will encompass the eternal flame. It is the work of multiple community members and will complement the Park District’s vision of open space along the Fox River. Chad Feldotto, Director of Planning, has been the lead designer on the project with Phil Edwards of Twin Oaks Landscaping and Mike Schoppe of Schoppe Design.
The Veterans Serenity Park Committee has planned an open house/fundraiser for Saturday, October 20th at the Kickers Club in Oswego to help raise funds and awareness for this unique park. For more information on this event and/or sponsorships, please contact Committee Chair Dave Krahn at Krahn.email@example.com.