Dignitaries from the city and county level to the U.S. Congress attended the ribbon cutting of Milton's Freedom Park. JONATHAN COPSEY/Staff. (click for larger version)
Dignitaries from the city and county level to the U.S. Congress attended the ribbon cutting of Milton's Freedom Park. JONATHAN COPSEY/Staff.
November 19, 2013MILTON, Ga. – Milton's newest park was unveiled Nov. 11, Veterans Day, a fitting time for what will be known as "Freedom Park."
"It's only fitting we dedicate Freedom Park on Veterans Day," said Milton Councilmember Bill Lusk. "It's the veterans who guarantee our freedom."
The formal opening ceremony of the park was held at 11 a.m., with a large group of dignitaries in attendance. The keynote speaker was U.S. Rep. Tom Price.
"We honor [those who serve] because they embody the spirit of our country," Price said. "Always remember how blessed we are to be in America."
At the busy corner of Deerfield Parkway and Webb Road, the pocket park features a memorial to the branches of the armed forces with their flags – the Stars and Stripes, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, POW/MIA, Georgia and the city of Milton. A metal post in the center of the circle of flags bears the inscription "May peace prevail on Earth" in six languages.
The plaza with the flags is 27 feet in diameter with five exercise stations situated around it on a 0.15-mile path.
The land was bought by the city in 2010 using MARTA money, with the goal of turning it into an exercise park.
"People are always walking around here or riding their bikes. Why not give them an outdoor gymnasium?" said Milton Recreation and Parks Director Jim Cregge.
"Freedom is not free," said Lusk. "Welcome to our park."
Editor, Milton Herald