Sheridan Memorial Park – Sheridan Veterans Memorial
The Sheridan Veterans Memorial is a thank-you to those who stepped forward to serve, a tribute to those whose lives were lost or forever altered, and a living reminder of our hope for a world with lasting peace," (State Representative Diane Loeffler).
The memorial, located at the south end of Sheridan Memorial Park just north of the Broadway Avenue Bridge, was dedicated on Veterans Day 2013. The Grand Opening celebration will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014. Stay tuned for details!
Project Phase: The construction of the Memorial is substantially complete, with a few items remaining for the spring of 2014. The central sculpture will be installed in May 2014. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, 2014.
Closures of Park Facilities: The north end of Water Street will be closed for the assembly of the central sculpture May 9-22, 2014. The overflow parking lot for the NE Arts District (between Grain Belt and the park) will remain accessible via the driveway off 13th Avenue NE. The Memorial itself will be closed for one to two days during May 9-22, when the sculpture is moved to the center of the site.
February 20, 2013 - Meeting with Minneapolis Arts Commission to review and approve artist concepts
February 6, 2013 - Meeting with Technical Advisory Committee of Minneapolis Arts Commission to review artist concepts
February 5, 2013 - Meeting with veterans to review artist concepts for sculpture
June 2012 - Committee of volunteers/artists/design professionals from Sheridan neighborhood and Minneapolis review Artist Qualifications, short-list and interview four artists, and select Robert Smart as the finalist.
February 21, 2012 - Open House – MPRB HQ, 2117 W River Road
2006-2010 - Plans for the park were developed in 2006 through a year-long collaboration among the MPRB, SNO, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO), elected officials, the Above the Falls Citizen Advisory Committee, neighborhood residents, and veterans.
Memorial history: In 1995, a group of WW II veterans from northeast Minneapolis, led by Ed Karbo Sr., began looking for a site along the Mississippi River to commemorate war veterans. They joined forces with the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization (SNO) in 2005 to site the memorial in the Above the Falls Regional Park on a parcel which was later re-named Sheridan Memorial Park. After receiving funding from the Minnesota State Legislature in 2010 and from the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization (SNO), the memorial was designed and constructed.
Memorial description: The memorial, honoring all Minnesota veterans, is centered on a large spherical sculpture created by local artist Robert Smart. The sculpture sits on a circular plaza surrounded by three sloped panels of lawn, which opens up to an overlook cantilevered over the river bank. The perimeter of the memorial is defined by a circular walk with quotes about peace engraved in granite pavers. The perimeter walk provides access to sitting alcoves with benches and vertical markers. Peace gardens surrounded by a ring of closely planted oaks comprise the outermost ring of the memorial.
The ten vertical markers in the peace gardens each bear a description of one of the ten wars in which Minnesotans have fought. An eleventh marker, devoid of text, ("a blank slate"), represents the future with its ever present threat of war, reminding us to strive for peace.