Several Bradford pear trees have been removed recently at Patriot Park on Redwine Road, partly because they were brittle and were shedding limbs, and partly because open space is needed for upcoming park improvements. Some of the trees will be replaced with other more suitable trees.
Patriot Park, which is owned and maintained by the City of Fayetteville, features walking trails, exercise stations, and a military veterans memorial, which is an oft-used setting for remembrance ceremonies throughout the year.
City officials have been working with local military veterans organizations to expand the memorial section of the park, and more recently talk has begun about adding a playground and other park equipment through a public/private partnership.
“A local resident approached the City in early September about putting together a committee that would help raise funds for and help build new family-friendly park amenities at Patriot Park,” said City Manager Ray Gibson. “We are excited by the partnership idea, not only because it will help the City save money, but also because it will be another way for residents to engage with the City.”
Public Services Director Chris Hindman said plans have been in the works for a few years to further develop Patriot Park. He said funding from the 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (S.P.L.O.S.T.) is now being put toward the work.