Construction underway on DeKalb County’s Patriots Memorial Park

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – DeKalb County is working on a way to say thank you to the men and women who served and it involves the entire county. Now, residents are starting to see Patriots Memorial Park come to life.

It started with just a patch of grass near downtown Fort Payne. The end result will be a park to honor the men and women who served, including law enforcement and first responders.

Fundraising issues caused some delays, but now the patch of grass is bright with the start of a foundation for something that the entire county can be proud of.

“We’re moving dirt now, and we’re really putting this project on the map not only for Fort Payne, but for DeKalb County,” said DeKalb County Commission President Ricky Harcrow.

Perhaps what makes this Patriots Memorial Park even more special is that some of DeKalb County’s students had a hand in designing it.

“Everything that they did is a reality, everything that they did we’re working with it,” Harcrow says. “We put it into practice.”

The project is one that is bringing the county together, as it involves entities from across the area.

“It’s going to be such a great asset, and a beautiful place,” Harcrow says. “We’re just looking forward to seeing it come to a culmination.”

Officials hope the first phase of the project will be completed next year.