Handicap accessible dock installed at Veterans Memorial Park

Improvements around the Veterans Memorial Park in Wadena are creating a more inviting setting for young and old alike.

A new dock was installed last week that reaches out 34 feet from the shore into one of the widest sections of Whiskey Creek as it meanders through Sunnybrook Park. The dock reaches out 20 feet across allowing for plenty of room for anglers looking to catch fish and those looking to pay tribute to veterans lost at sea, according to VFW Post 3922 member Lane Waldahl.

When the idea started rolling for this dock to come to the park two years ago, Waldahl thought, "What a nice thing to do for Navy members."

At about $12,000, its maintenance free and should have many years of service.

"It's all worth it, not just for the veterans, but for the kids too," Waldahl said. It's just in time for the annual fish stocking in Sunnybrook Park, which comes just before the youth fishing derby in conjunction with June Jubilee, Saturday, June 16.

While the dock is in place, the path to the dock was not yet finished as of Tuesday. Along with those improvements, Waldahl pointed out that a light pole will be installed near the dock. The VFW is also working on adding to the Veterans Memorial museum located in the former Wadena Model Railroaders Club building. It is being remodeled to house historical items for people to view. Waldahl also has great hopes for other military items of such proportions as tanks, helicopters and more to decorate the Veterans Memorial Park.

The park is also always adding more pavers and benches to the park. Pavers and benches are a way to give a gift of honor to a veteran and commemorative purchases enable the Veterans Memorial Park to give recognition to men and women in the armed forces.

To donate, send checks to Veterans Memorial Park, 414 1st St. SW, Wadena MN, 56482. For more information and to order pavers or benches, call (218) 631-1672.

By Michael Johnson 

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