Improvements for Downtown Meridian

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Volunteers started early this morning with their shovels, their hammers, and their wheel barrels. They put all of these tools to work in order to redo the look of Monument Park. David Cole is one of the volunteers from the City of Meridian's Image Committee. He believes Monument Park's transformation is one the city will benefit from.

"This is called Monument Park. The city of Meridian spear headed this project and the Image Committee for the EMBDC took it over. And now we are trying to get volunteers to come in and help us do something for the community." explained Cole.

The success of Monument Park and other similar projects relies heavily on volunteers. Cole said Meridian is grateful for the long hours the volunteers have put in.

"We thank everybody for coming out this morning. We started this morning at about eight o'clock and we plan to work until we get enough done today. But we hope we can get some more participation from other volunteers." said Cole.

Monument Park is just one project that's a part of Beautifying Meridian. Volunteers said they hope there will be many more to come.

"This is an ongoing project. As I said before we hope to have many more projects like this going on around the city and we hope that we get other volunteers as well." said Cole.

More green space, flowers, and benches are expected for Monument Park. A monument will also be a part of the park's new look.

"We have a monument that is at Highland Park that I believe is from the first fire chief of the city Meridian." said Cole. "It was erected for him and we are going to have that monument moved from Highland down to here."

Cole estimated that Monument Park will be done in roughly six months. He said volunteers will put all tools to use until it's finished.


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  • by Bruce Bishop Location: Detroit on Nov 15, 2009 at 03:54 AM
    To David Cole: Leave the monument at Highland Park where it is and get a NEW Monument. New park, New Monument. There is a good reason the Monument was placed at Highland Park and it doesn't need to be moved! I would be glad to contribute to a new monument for downtown. David, please open up that mind to all of the posibilities. Don't go back to the past for a monument but rather look forward to something that will stand for the FUTURE. When is the last time a "TIME CAPSULE" was placed in Meridian? How about Monument pavers which Meridianites can donate to the park and help with the walkway? Meridian has a wonderful past, most has been overlooked or forgot...lets build for Meridian's future. Let's put up something that stands for where we are striving to go, not to something that has already been achieved. I praise all of the work you and all the many Meridianites have done. I hope more join with you. Remember the past but build for the FUTURE!
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