VISIT THE BIG SPRINGS VETERAN'S MEMORIAL
The Veteran's Memorial Park is located at the corner of 2nd and Maple across the street from the swimming pool park. The Veteran's Memorial Park is a beautiful tribute to our area veterans. Almost $70,000 was donated to the project which includes a walkway to the circular memorial site with three granite ledger stones engraved with the names of approximately 670 local veterans. The ledger stones are centered with a 30' American Flag pole, surrounded by 25' flag poles flying the flags for the six branches of the Armed Forces. Two benches face the monuments and provide a peaceful place to rest and reflect. The area is bordered on the south with a 6' vinyl fence and the entire area is landscaped with numerous trees, bushes, grasses and flowers.
The people of the Village owe a huge debt of gratitude to all those who volunteer their time to keep the area mowed, sprayed and weeded. Our hats off to those wonderful volunteers!!
Donations are still needed to help with the maintenance and upkeep for the site. A full set of flags costs approximately $1,000 and they have to be changed at least once a year. Tax deductible donations should be made payable to: The Nebraska Community Foundation and mailed or left at Community First Bank, PO Box 436, Big Springs, NE 69122. Names can still be added to the stones with a minimum donation of $100.
RELAX AT THE BIG SPRINGS YOUTH RECREATION POND AREA
The Village of Big Springs secured a grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to renovate an existing pond area on the old water-tower hill. Volunteers spent several days doing the initial cleanup of the area, cutting down and removing dead trees and brush and getting the area ready for construction. Several locals helped catch the last of the fish, prior to draining the water. Myers Construction from Broken Bow, Ne. came in with their heavy equipment and removed stumps, deepened the pond area and cleared and leveled the surrounding beach area and installed a handicap accessible ramp area. The pond was lined to help with water conservation and fish habitats where installed and the pond was refilled. Nebraska Game and Parks stocked the pond with bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. Students from South Platte School will help with the maintenance around the pond in the future. The area, which covers a little more than a half-acre, will be utilized as an educational worksite for water quality studies, and plant and wildlife habitat development. Matt and Trish Meyer from Spahn Marine have made a sizeable donation to pay for picnic tables and benches to be placed at the site.
Tax-deductible donations are being accepted for this project and may be sent to The Nebraska Community Foundation, P.O. Box 294, Big Springs, NE 69122.