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City approves construction project at Memorial Park
by Sarah Cooper
Mar 24, 2008 | 938 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<a href= mailto:tonyc@dailysparkstribune.com>Tribune/Tony Contini</a>  The Spark park that displays the Sparks Fire Department Monument will soon be undergoing some revamping.
Tribune/Tony Contini The Spark park that displays the Sparks Fire Department Monument will soon be undergoing some revamping.
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The pensive statue in Sparks Memorial Park on the corner of C Street and Pyramid Way will never raise its head. But with the noise of construction that will surround it in mid-April, the bronze statue may be tempted to look around.

After the Sparks City Council awarded a construction bid to Gradex Construction Co. at Monday’s council meeting, the park is scheduled to receive a redesign.

“We will be providing more space for more monuments,” said Christopher Cobb, City of Sparks’ capital projects manager. “The parks department is trying to plan ahead and give it a facelift.”

Gradex Construction will be putting in new pavers and fencing, placing the existing trees in planters and redesigning the park for future growth.

The work is on a strict timeline because of a new addition to the memorial park that will be dedicated on Memorial Day, May 26, a tribute statue to the Sparks Police force.

According to Sparks Police Chief John Dotson, the statue is a tribute to living officers, not a memorial to the fallen.

“We already have the Nevada State Law Enforcement memorial (at the Capitol Building in Carson City),” Dotson said. “The tribute statue is more reflective of the men and women, past and present, who have served the Sparks Police Department.”

The work will not spill over onto Pyramid and create any traffic problems, according to Gradex construction manager Ryan Horning.

“All the work is inside the curb and gutter,” Horning said. “The only traffic this will affect is pedestrian traffic.”

The council approved $234,511.07 for the project, which must be completed before May 23.

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