One year ago this month, the community of Brookfield came together for a re-dedication ceremony of perhaps the city’s most recognizable landmark—the statue of the Civil War Soldier in the Oval between the Twin Parks. The patriotic people of Brookfield, from both near and far, responded to the challenge that had been issued 100 years prior—that “unless removed by the hand of man, (the statue) will be standing where it stands now, as artistic and as complete as it is today”. We are proud to say, mission accomplished!
However, the renovation of the statue was only the first step in a grand plan for the revitalization of our historic Twin Parks. When Brookfield received the distinction of being named a DREAM community, representatives from the Brookfield Area Growth Partnership, the City of Brookfield, along with key stakeholders representing the downtown organization and businesses, with the assistance of the Missouri Dream Team, began planning and developing a long range strategy. After many hours of research and meetings it was determined that our revitalization efforts should begin in the Parks. Phase One of the overall strategy includes the renovation of the statue, the restoration the Oval with new curbing and landscaping, the installation of two pedestrian crosswalks connecting the East and West Twin Parks, electrical updates to the area, and the creation of the Walk of Heroes.
What is the Walk of Heroes? This is an effort underway to honor all military men and women - both past and present - by replacing the two sidewalks that run parallel to the Oval (in East and West Twin Parks) and lining those sidewalks with engraved granite bricks. A $100 donation provides for one engraved brick and reserves a place in the Walk of Heroes. The goal is to reach 1000 granite bricks. The honored military person does not have to live in the area, so any relative or friend may be recognized, even if he/she is still currently serving. The Walk of Heroes campaign begins, appropriately, on Memorial Day, May 27, and concludes on Veterans Day, November 11.
“It is so exciting to see this project begin to really take shape with this weekend’s kick-off of the Walk of Heroes,” said Becky Cleveland of the BAGP. “All the credit goes to an inclusive group of volunteers who have dedicated hours of their time, not only thoughtfully planning the restoration of our Twin Parks, but taking charge of fundraising too.”
Order forms for the memorial bricks are available at Saccaro’s Shelter Insurance, Tooey’s, Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home, DeVoy Baker Insurance, Cleveland Real Estate, Keep It Simple, Montgomery Veterinary Clinic and the Brookfield Area Growth Partnership office. Samples of the granite brick are on display at various offices.
Page 2 of 2 - A very generous pledge of $10,000 from the American Legion Auxiliary has given the Phase One project a tremendous boost. Celebrate your hero by reserving a place in Brookfield’s history…and future. Have a permanently engraved tribute placed in the Twin Parks Walk of Heroes and help to revitalize the Twin Parks…one brick at a time!