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ISP Memorial Park Update

Updated: Monday, May 19 2014, 05:25 PM CDT
The 1.5 acres of land across from the Illinois State Police Department will soon be transformed into a major staple for the Springfield community.

"We decided that the proper use of this park would be for a memorial, a tribute to the officers who've been killed in the line of duty, and also a place for their families," said Jack Garcia, Chairman of the ISP Memorial Park.

60 Illinois State Police officers have given their lives to protect the citizens of Illinois.

"We believe it's important not only for the officers that have been lost but also for their families who sacrifice so much..and also to let the citizens and the visitors of our state know that safety comes with a cost," Garcia said.

The Illinois State Police Memorial park., a $3.2 million project has been in the planning phases for nearly 7 years.

Thanks to the help of fundraisers and corperate sponsors, they've already raised over $1 million.

"We're going to continue to raise money and work with our corporate sponsors..we have again the design work's all done.  So right now we're just doing the heavy lifting of the park and once we get the money that we need to break ground," said Garcia. 

"We should be able to get the construction done around construction season"

The memorial park will include many significant features starting with the entrance.

"At the entrance of the park begins the path of service which signifies the beginning of an officer's career and their calling to duty," said Garcia.

Other features include a reflecting pool and a wall.of names.

"As you walk down the wall towards the other end of the park...their will be a break in the wall that break signifies a loss..a loss of a officer killed in the line of duty," Garcia said.

ISP officials say the park should be ready for the public sometime in 2015.
ISP Memorial Park Update

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