A task force created to study the condition of the Memorial Park has released its report on recommended improvements.
In 2017, the Fort Wayne Park Board of Commissioners tasked a group with to start the report. It came after the park got publicity when Indiana Tech considered the space for its athletic facilities. The college later moved the plans to a different area of the city.
The task force is recommending updates to its six monuments and memorials which focus on veterans. Around $50,000 is being budgeted per year from the Parks and Recreation Department to restore and repair the monuments from 2018 to 2022. The group suggests 2018 funding go to the restoration of the Olen J Pond Memorial.
The Fort Wayne Daisies and Vietnam Veterans memorials are recommended for relocation to another part of the park.
The group also points out that the memorials and monuments aren’t accessible by trail but changes to the pathways could help.
The task force also praised the landscape design which creates spaces for quiet, passive recreation and active recreation.
Trees in the park have also been brought back to normal. Last year, the Warrior Breed Motorcycle Club raised money to plant 71 new trees in Memorial Grove, bringing it back to the original number of 135. The Parks Department will replace any lost, damaged or vandalized trees in the future, according to the task force.
The recommendations in the report have not been approved yet by the Parks Board. The report will be on the meeting agenda again in September.