The Tualatin City Council has selected a landscaped spot at Tualatin Commons for the city's first veterans memorial.
On Monday, Sept. 14, the council unanimously approved the location following numerous meetings with local stakeholder groups and recommendations from city staff.
Over the last year, the city has held 11 meetings, conducted three surveys and encouraged public input on the project and its location. That resulted in eight potential sites selected. Those sites were narrowed to three: Tualatin Commons, Browns Ferry Park and Sweek Pond Natural Area, with Tualatin Commons favored as the top site.
The chosen site is located directly across the Lake at the Commons' main plaza, just a few steps to the west of Lee's Kitchen.
The final design will depend on the suggestions of extensive community engagement, Ross Hoover, Tualatin Parks & Recreation Department director, told the council Monday night.
"What I can tell you is access to that space will improve," he said. "Really, this is the community's space and it's our community's response to 'how do we honor those who serve and sacrifice for us?'"
Surveys showed that honoring all military service members and their families, along with a focus on themes of freedom and peace — and less of a focus on war — topped the list of memorial themes.
In addition, the community favored focusing on themes such as connection, engagement, experience, shared values and a sense of timelessness.
Joe Lipscomb, a Korean War veteran, wrote in an email just before the council approved the site, that he would like to see design funding be a top priority for the city's 2021-22 budget.
"The timing of this meeting follows just a few days after the 75th anniversary of the end of (World War II), and while we have some 1,500 veterans living within our zip code, only some 75 of those are veterans of WWII and Korea, and it would be nice if a few of them could be in attendance for the groundbreaking ceremony of our Veterans Memorial," Lipscomb wrote.
Future project phases are not yet funded, but design, construction drawings, permits and other costs associated with completing the memorial are estimated to be a little over $208,000.
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