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Sheridan Memorial Park Veterans Memorial

 
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Northeast Minneapolis veterans and residents from the Sheridan Neighborhood have worked tirelessly to make a memorial along the Mississippi a reality. Back in 1995, a group of WW II veterans led by Ed Karbo Sr. began looking for a site to commemorate war veterans. They joined forces with the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization (SNO) in 2005 to site the memorial in Sheridan Memorial Park. "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 will be located at the south end of Sheridan Memorial Park, with an overlook at the edge of the bank along the Mississippi River. The memorial will honor all Minnesota veterans. Plans call for a central sculpture on a circular plaza, surrounded by four concentric rings made up of lawn, a perimeter walk punctuated with quotes about peace, bench alcoves with vertical markers, and peace gardens. Closely planted oaks comprise the outermost ring. 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 "empty" marker will represent the future with the ever potential threat of war, reminding us to strive for peace. The central sculpture and eleven markers are being created by local artist Robert Smart.

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Project Phase / Closure of Park Facilities

Project Phase: Construction in Summer and Fall of 2013
Closures of Park Facilities: No existing facilities will be impacted by construction; the south end of the park is closed for construction of the memorial.

Timeline

  • Construction completed as of September 15, 2013: rough grading, installation of storm sewer system and water service, removal of contaminated soils, all frost footings, overlook foundation and pavement including trench drain.
  • September 15-30: Seat walls, concrete pavement, bituminous path, installation of benches, flagpoles, and bike racks. Overlook railing and dedication sign installed.
  • October 1-15: Electrical work, earthwork and preparation of planting beds, irrigation, turf establishment, peace gardens planted. On October 8 Xcel volunteers will plant and mulch the trees and shrubs. Signs installed. Site clean-up.
  • September 30 - November 8: installation of markers and central sculpture.
  • November 11, 10 a.m. Grand Opening ceremony.

Milestones/ Recent Activity

Date

Phase

Item

Description

6/3/13

Construction

Event

Construction begins

5/23/13

Construction

Event

Groundbreaking ceremony

5/22/13

Construction

Board Action

Award of Bid for Construction of Sheridan Veterans Memorial to Thomas and Sons Construction, Inc

5/1/13

Design

Board Action

Approval of amendment to HR Green contract

4/3/13

Design

Board Action

Approval of amendment to Robert Smart contract for additional services, including one (11th) marker

3/6/13

Design

Board Action

Approval of concepts for central sculpture and markers by artist Robert Smart

2/13/13

Design

Board Action

Approval of acceptance of 2013 Hennepin County ERF Grant for environmental engineering and clean-up of contaminated soils

7/11/12

Design

Board Action

Approval of contract with Robert Smart, artist for design, fabrication and installation of central sculpture and ten markers

4/17/12

Design

RFQ

Call for Artists: Request for Qualifications

6/6/12

Design

Board Action

Approval of amendment to HR Green contract for additional engineering and design services

6/6/12

Design

Board Action

Approval of amendment to the NRP agreement with Sheridan Neighborhood Association

2/10/12

Design

News Release

Open house scheduled February 21 for public comment on proposed veterans memorial at Sheridan Memorial Park

01/18/12

Design

Board Action

Approval of amendment to HR Green contract

03/02/11

Design

Board Action

Approval of amendment to HR Green contract

6/18/10

Design

News Release

Veteran’s memorial plans move ahead for Sheridan Park in Northeast Minneapolis

6/16/10

Pre-Design

Board Action

Approval of contract with HR Green for professional services

4/20/10

Pre-design

News Release

Funding sufficient to begin work on veterans memorial in Sheridan Memorial Park

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Contact Information

Deborah Bartels, Project Manager, Planning at the MPRB.  612-230-6438 or email dbartels@minneapolisparks.org

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Public Participation

  • November 11, 2013 - Grand Opening
  • May 23, 2013 - Ground Breaking
  • 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 - Memorial Planning Focus Group meets numerous times

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.

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Reports

Plan for Memorial

Artist's statement of intent

Presentation to Arts Commission, February 20, 2013

Open House Presentation Materials

History

Sheridan Memorial Park History

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