VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK - SPLASH PAD
311 NW 2nd St., Smithville TX 78957
2nd St. at Fawcett behind Smithville Recreation Center
(512) 237-3282 ext. 2109
Enjoy the Memorial to veterans as a "place to pay tribute; a place to pray for peace." The beautiful fenced park includes historical plaques of Bastrop County veterans from all wars, a splash pad, bathrooms, a detailed statue of an angel and a cherub, created by sculpter Bill McGlaun which watches over the fallen. As a fundraiser, families have requested bricks etched with their veterans name; space is still available.
The memorial started with a conversation between Mark Bunte and Patti Patton Bader, founder of Soldier’s Angels, a non-profit organization that supports tens of thousands of American military personnel across the globe with care packages from home, developed the concept for the park after a conversation about the fallen heroes from Smithville and the Bastrop County area. The community has lost more soldiers, for its size, than any other during the recent fight for freedom.
The concept for a children’s area as part of the memorial came from families of the fallen who expressed the desire to have youthful energy and joy as part of a tribute to soldiers who fell in the fight for freedom.
Within two years of that first converstion, plans were drawn up, money was raised through fundraisers, donations, and scrap metal pickup. In-kind work and volunteer work helped created this beautiful, interactive memorial. The park was dedicated on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013. More photos of dedication are HERE on Facebook.
Please contact Jill Strube at City Hall if you would like to add a veteran’s name to the park, or if you would like to make a contribution.
Donations are still accepted online at the City of Smithville website: CLICK HERE
Texas Veterans Memorial Park
c/o City of Smithville
PO Box 449
Smithville TX 78957