The city of Meridian began efforts to turn an open area in downtown, near 4th Street and 23rd Avenue, into Monument Park.
The city is already getting volunteer work. Now it's looking for the public's help with money.
The transformation of Monument Park is one that Mayor Cheri Barry says she believes will benefit everyone.
"This was a volunteer program, so that everybody can be involved and take part and take stake in downtown Meridian," said Barry.
The finished product will include community gardens, arbor benches and picnic tables. Another feature of the garden will be the return of a monument that gave the park its name.
"This is to honor a person who died, a fireman, and we're going to bring that monument back to downtown Meridian," said Doc Braswell of the Meridian Image Committee. "It was in downtown Meridian many years ago. Now it's in Highland Park. We're bringing it back."
The Zehler monument will be encircled by engraved bricks that the city wants you to purchase in order to supply the monetary support for the park maintenance. This is all part of the park's new Brick Paver Program.
"The more you buy, the better," said Laura Davis, chair of the EMBDC Image Committee. "One line is $20, two is $35, and three lines are $50. We have ordered over 800 bricks for beginners and we are going to start the bricks in the center of the park. And they are going to surround the Frank Zehler monument brought back from Highland Park. This project started because this is the heart of Meridian and we want a place for all of our citizens to come and sit and enjoy downtown Meridian."
It is estimated that the park will be finished in four months. However you bricks will be available for purchase indefinitely.
A list of businesses selling order forms will be released soon. Until then, you may place your orders at any of three Web sites for which links are provided below.