Improvements planned for Belding’s Veterans Park

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 10:34 am on Friday, June 21, 2013

BELDING — Denny Craycraft updated the Belding City Council on the status of the Veterans Park at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Veterans Park is located immediately west of the depot building in downtown Belding. The park features the Freedom Wall, an incarnation of the original wall that was torn down 64 years ago. The wall bears the names of more than 700 area veterans who fought and served during World War II.

According to Craycraft, who spearheaded the effort to see the Freedom Wall constructed and finished last November, $2,000 of the $5,800 for the newest monument is still left to be paid by the end of September.

Craycraft said he is looking into adding a Korean monument, which will cost approximately $7,100.

“After the first monument is paid for, we’ll begin working on that one,” he said.

Craycraft said 3,200 square foot of sod will be coming this week to be placed around the monuments.

“That is going to make everything look a lot better,” he said.

He added that he was looking into staining the cement base of the park a sand color and texture, as was originally planned.

Craycraft said that he would like to see a security camera placed near the depot overlooking the new park.

I’m an optimist because I do believe that our kids and our community realize this is sacred ground,” he said. “No one has messed with it so far, but we’ve invested a lot of money, close to $100,000. I’d hate to see anything happen and not have anyone be responsible.”

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