Construction Starts at Cpl. Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park
Mayor Lyn Hall, Colleen and Jim Fitzpatrick, Neil Godbout and Krista French dig – photos 250News
Prince George, B.C.- There have been months of consultation and design, and now the skateboard park at the Corporal Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park is under construction.
The park, named in honour of Cpl. Darren Fitzpatrick who succumbed to injuries suffered while serving in Afghanistan, will eventually be a community park complete with a dog park, expanded playground area, multi purpose sport court, ice rink improvements landscaped berms and trees to provide a noise buffer for neighbouring residents, and a picnic and bar-b-q area.
The park was a special place for Cpl. Fitzpatrick. Growing up in the Hart area, he spent many hours playing there as a child.
The complete design of the park includes a “poppy plaza” with red concrete paving, planting beds and interpretive memorial signage.
“There has been a considerable amount of work over the years” said Mayor Lyn Hall as he acknowledged the hard work done by Hart Community representative Kristy French. “They have been doggedly going after this” said Mayor Hall, “Today I am pleased to say, here we are.”
“This is a great day” said Cpl. Fitzpatrick’s mother, Colleen “As a family we are very pleased the City is going to retain the bravery, the remembrance theme in honour of those who have served, our veterans, so that means a lot to our family.”
With a Colour Guard from the Legion Branch 43 on hand , The Mayor, the Fitzpatricks, Krista French and Rotary’s Neil Godbout dug into the dirt and tossed the sand. The Rotary Club was instrumental in paying for the plans for the design of the park, contributing $25 thousand dollars that had been collected from donations made during the Rotary Club’s Operation Red Nose program.
Mayor Hall, presented the Fitzpatricks with a special plaque to mark today’s official “sod turning”, then, Colleen and husband Jim, raised the flag on the newly installed flag pole at the park.
The cost of the skateboard portion of the park is $500 thousand dollars and the skateboard park is expected to be complete by the end of August.