The Phase II enhancements are part of the original master plan for the park.
The flag area, which features the American, POW/MIA, State and City flag, and now sits in a grassy area, will be enlarged with pavers matching the existing memorial to create a true Flag Plaza. Also included in the flag plaza will be an attractive bench-planter combination. A generous private donation for the Flag Plaza has been made and construction will start in the near future.
The fountain, to be called “Freedom Fountain” will be 6 sided with 5 vertical granite panels rising above the water basin, with a bronze American eagle perched on top. Five of the panels will feature a total of 200 lines to honor and recognize the men and women who have servedour country in time of both war and peace. The 6th panel, the large central panel, will be reserved to honor the generosity of major donors.
A limit of four benches will surround the “Freedom Fountain” and will be available for dedication for a donation of $5,000 each.
All funding for the construction of the new fountain and plaza area will be raised by the Veterans Memorial Committee. Committee members are available to make presentations to organizations and private individuals or stop by and meet them at the Farmers Market on any Wednesday, or at their booth at fairs and special events. For further information call Lee Rubenstein, Committee Chair at 564-9894, firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Patty Mastronardi of the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department at 389-5035. No city tax dollars will be involved and all donations are tax deductible. The total cost of the project is estimated to be approximately $225,000.