Broad Minded wrote:
When selecting a location for the proposed Greendale Veterans Memorial, a designated committee looked for three characteristics — the memorial would have to be highly visible, have room for parking and have potential for being an easily accessible tourist destination.
"The school district owns the land, and we're still in negotiations," Kewan said. "… It's not just military members that want this memorial. Whatever your status, this is the type of memorial Greendale wants and needs."
I've looked at the website and video and have gotten two fundraising mailers, however I don't think this will work. They talk about room for parking yet there is no parking available on that corner so cars will end up on residential streets or in the Greendale Community Church lot which I'm sure they don't want.
The mailers say the memorial will "cover approximately 5%" of the green space, however its situated right in the middle, rendering the rest of the space unusable for any other purpose.
With all due respect to the American Legion and Greendale's military veterans, I don't like the design of the memorial - it honestly looks like some sort of game show set. The only way to display a veteran's name is by purchasing a brick. Will the computer kiosk display all veteran's names or only those who've purchased a brick? Ultimately, that information could be online, so what's the point of the memorial or the personalized bricks? I also don't see this being a huge draw for the Village.
Finally this is taxpayer property and villagers use this as a place to sit and watch fireworks twice a year. What will the site be like for future fireworks fans? Will the American Legion pay the Village for the use of the space? It's been said that the school board will be responsible for grounds maintenance - which would be more complex with the memorial there than just an open green space. Costs would be higher to maintain the site which would be passed on to the Village taxpayers.
I think this could be dialed down to a single monument and placed somewhere more appropriate. There is already a military monument at Ray & Dot's where the American Legion Post 416 is located. Why not do something there?