CSD board approves second phase for veterans memorial | News

The Elk Grove Veterans Memorial project will take a step forward for the first time in three years.

On May 4, the board of the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) board approved a $ 67,882 construction contract to build the second phase of the monument in Elk Grove Regional Park.

This stage includes four benches and a path that will be open to “cobblestones” or bricks that display the name, rank, and military branch of a veteran. Each paver is available for purchase through the Cosumnes Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization that is the lead organizer of the project.

The 2-acre memorial site is near White Diamond Field on the north side of the park. The first phase of this project, which includes a flagpole, a concrete star, and a broken granite track, was completed in 2019.

When the project is completed by the end of this decade, the monument will have two commemorative walls, a “Square of Stars and Stripes” and bronze stars that can each display up to 20 veteran names. Each star costs a $ 2,500 donation and is intended for organizations to purchase.

The monument will be dedicated to both living and deceased veterans.

“I think we’re all happy to see that it’s still moving because it’s really important in the community to have it,” CSD director Gil Albiani said at the May 4 meeting of the CSD board. “There are a lot of veterans in this community.”

Oscar O’con, a veteran who spoke on behalf of the Cosumnes Legacy Foundation, told the board that the idea for the monument began 14 years ago. He remembered moving to Elk Grove more than 20 years ago.

“I was surprised when (the city) didn’t have a monument,” O’con said.

He pointed out that the Elk Grove monument will be one of the few monuments in the country where the public can honor living veterans.

“Usually, they only (honor) a veteran after they pass and the family only gets one flag,” O’con said. “Here, it’s going to be a little different.”

That night, the CSD board approved a $ 61,711 construction contract with the project’s lowest bid, Saenz Landscape Construction Company. The original estimated cost of the second phase project was $ 39,000, but all bidders had higher estimates. The Cosumnes Legacy Foundation only had $ 40,000 to cover construction, CSD staff reported.

Staff also noted that rising fuel and construction supply costs led to the cost of the revised project.

The CSD board also authorized CSD parks staff to spend more than $ 35,000 on Quimby funds to cover a budget deficit that was due to soft costs along with design and management costs.

Plans are to complete construction in 45 days and reopen the memorial site to the public by the end of 2022.

CSD director Rod Brewer stressed the importance of private fundraising to complete the memorial project in a few years. He mentioned that the annual Memorial Day walk from Elk Grove Cemetery to Elk Grove Regional Park is a great opportunity to attract donors.

“At the end of the day, we will have to raise funds to make all of this a reality,” Brewer said.

For information on purchasing veteran memorial dedications, visit the Elk Grove Veterans Memorial website at www.bricksrus.com/donorsite/egveterans.

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