There are very few questions left unanswered about the grand opening and dedication of Veterans Serenity Park on North Adams Street in downtown Oswego at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.
But one of them might be: “How do I get there?” and another might be: “Where should I park?”
According to the Village of Oswego website, some downtown streets will be closed for excavation work for a housing/retail/parking development, The Reserve at Hudson Crossing.
• Adams Street from the Waubonsie Creek bridge to Washington Street
• Jackson Street from Adams Street to Harrison Street
• Harrison Street from Jackson Street to Washington Street
Dave Krahn, chairman of the Veterans Serenity Park Committee, said North Avenue will be the only way into the park.
Parking will be available in the lot behind the American Male building on Main Street, he added.
There will be handicapped parking on Adams Street.
Krahn said he feels the weather will determine how many people attend, but puts the crowd size at 100 to 150. The event is open to the public.
Krahn said the park will be about 85% done on grand opening day. Toward the end of the ceremony, the water feature and eternal flame will be turned on, he said.
“I want everybody to keep in mind that this is not just for veterans, but for anyone who needs a quiet place for their thoughts. It’s for the whole community, and it was a collective effort by all those involved. The grand opening and dedication are being sponsored by the Oswegoland Park Foundation and the Veterans Serenity Park Committee.
“We chose to do this on the Sunday before Veterans Day so we wouldn’t interrupt services going on the next day,” Krahn said. “All of our trees have lost their leaves and the plants are dying, but next spring it will be spectacular. I’ve been down there quite a bit and there are always people walking through now. Once this thing is up and rolling, it will be pretty busy and it will do what it’s supposed to do.”
Krahn said he wanted to commend Phil Edwards, owner of Twin Oaks Landscaping in Oswego, for “making this happen. His generosity is a model for all of us to recognize. He has stepped up huge in this.”
Krahn said the finished park will include riverfront pods dedicated to the five branches of the service. The eternal flame will be housed in a cascading water feature built by Aquascape of St. Charles.
The park will feature memorial benches, tribute bricks honoring present and past service personnel, with some going back to the Civil War. A reflective butterfly garden is immediately behind the entryway. The walkway from the Vietnam Wall that visited Oswego in 2017 was preserved and will be featured throughout the park.