It is a place where people can pause to remember those who served our country, both overseas and on the home front. Now, Clarks Summit Borough councilmen Herman Johnson and Patrick Williams are spearheading an effort to make the borough's Veterans Park not only more beautiful, but also more accessible.
Veterans Park is situated on an island between State Street and Old State Street, near the intersection with Clark Avenue that includes a monument memorializing Abington-area veterans. The park project was begun several years ago and is now about to enter its second phase.
"This was a worthwhile project, we are not just memorializing Clarks Summit veterans, we are remembering all veterans from the Abingtons and all branches of service," Johnson said. "If you take a ride through the Abingtons, you will see other monuments, but we haven't had one right on State Street. South Abington has the tank, but we wanted a monument to represent all branches of the service and all veterans. It was a community effort for all the municipalities of the Abingtons."
Williams explained that the proposed gazebo and bollard lighting for phase two of the project were inspired by practicality.
"People come and sit by the monument on the adjacent benches," he said. "We thought that by adding the gazebo and bollards, we would make it look nicer and give people the chance to sit in the gazebo, relax and view the monument."
A watercolor rendering of the proposed gazebo donated by Kingsley-based artist Maggie Miller shows how the park will look following the additions. The painting will be auctioned off after the project has been completed.
"This is a community effort," Johnson said. "We are grateful for everyone's support."