New monuments in place at Springfield Veterans Park

Changes are underway at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Springfield.

A $10,000 anonymous donation has spurred a renovation at the space.

The first phase of the park renovation is already completed, as crews from Monu-Bright Cemetery Restoration moved three monuments from the north side of the Buck Creek bike trail that runs through the park, to the south of the trail.

“They’ll all be together and cohesive now,” said Randall Ark, local Vietnam veteran.

The National Trail Parks and Recreation District recently received an $11,000 grant from the Springfield Conservancy District to hire an architect to help plan what can be done with the space.

“Veterans will be proud of it,” Ark said.

Ark has worked over the last few years erecting veteran’s monuments at the park located near Veterans Bridge off North Fountain Avenue.