Construction underway on Jackson County’s Veterans Memorial Park

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. -- Construction is finally underway on Jackson County's Veterans Memorial Park. The idea behind the park from the beginning was to involve the county's residents in the park's creation, and as construction continues, the community can still have a big hand in making the whole park a reality.

A stretch of land in Scottsboro looks different from a few months ago, when a ground breaking ceremony was held to commemorate the start of an idea years in the making. Now it's finally building time for Jackson County's long-awaited Veterans Memorial Park.

"We've started work on the park, moving dirt," explains Jackson County Commission Chair Matthew Hodges, "We've got it organized to get the ground work done for the park so as the dollars come in we can begin some of the concrete work and then start putting the monuments up."

The  park is on  a plot next to the local VFW and American Legion posts in Scottsboro. A Korean War-era tank already calls the property home and is the first element of the project. Military displays and a memorial for each branch of service is expected to join it.

Donations have poured in, helping make the park a reality. "We're looking for a substantial amount still to get the project done. It's a great project, I think. It's something we absolutely need in Jackson County. So any way that folks can participate, we would definitely like to see that," Hodges says.

Jackson County, its municipalities, and residents have a hand in the park's creation. Organizers say they would like to see the trend continue and culminate in a park for the community.

Once the groundwork is in place construction will continue as funds allow.

The community can add their own touch to the park by buying a paver, and the proceeds will go to the park. You can mail or bring donations, which are tax-deductible, to 1616 Heroes Drive, Scottsboro, AL. 35768. You can also email vmpjc@scottsboro.org or call 256-999-0120 for more information.