BROOKLYN, Ohio — The reimagining of Veterans Memorial Park is entering the home stretch.

What began nearly three years ago as a Stickney Creek stream restoration project involving 2,500 linear feet and affecting six acres of floodplain in Veterans Memorial Park recently involved the unveiling of a brand-new footbridge in the park.

“The main impetus of us redoing the trails was to allow the creek to go back to its normal path,” Brooklyn Mayor Ron Van Kirk said. “Many years ago they put up gabion walls that were failing. We took them out. The rerouted creek disrupted the trails.

“So it’s been a process to get it done but that bridge is kind of the final piece that connects the two parts of the trail across the creek.”

The installation of a footbridge and trail extension in the lower portion of the park was a $221,000 project.

Landscape Architecture 

John Benson