A donation from Citizens Bank & Trust Co. has helped move closer to reality a four-sided street clock to be erected at Freedom Park in downtown Van Buren.
Citizens Bank Vice President Lance Lanier presented a $1,000 check to members of the GFWC Women’s League of Van Buren on Wednesday.
The cost of the four-sided clock including shipping will be $25,353. There will be an additional expense of concrete when the clock is set at the new Freedom Park, said Connie Martin, the chair of the fundraising effort.
The four-dial LED lighted street clock is 15.6-feet tall and includes cast aluminum post, saddle and head as well as aluminum bezels.
Others who have made donations include Dick and Sheila Bell, Frank and Brenda Williams, Darrell and Alice Goodlin, Pat Garner, Mary Ann Dodd, Gary and Pat Powell, Connie Martin, Hiltraud James, Carolyn Loyd, Bill and Debbie Thomas, Marrlin Transit, Yuvonka Tapp, Mayra Marcisno, JoAnn Lovelace, Joyce Patton, John Swanson and Donna Parker.
An account has been opened at Citizens Bank & Trust Co. in the name GFWC Women’s League of Van Buren. The account number is 700250336.
Martin said the GFWC would like to see the street clock erected in time for the dedication of the Freedom Park in April.
Groundbreaking was in July for the expansion of Veterans Park, which is meant to honor veterans and their families and bring more visitors downtown.
Plans call for the existing park to be redesigned as Veterans Memorial Plaza to be used as a space of reflection. The new portion of the park, Freedom Place, will serve as the entertainment and recreational venue.
A Battle Cross monument donated to the city by Chase Haynes, an Eagle Scout with Troop 45 in Van Buren, will be included in the memorial. Haynes’s statue, cast of pure American bronze, of a helmet, identification tags, inverted rifle and combat boots is meant to represent a fallen soldier.
Freedom Place will include decorative crosswalks, security fencing, expanded parking areas, vendor parking, farmers market, drinking fountain, restroom facility, outdoor pavilion, children’s play area and a Gold Star water feature.
A memorial with flags and monuments to honor the five branches of the military, as well as police, fire and first responders, will be at the entrance to the park.