Lake Norman & Mooresville

Groups sell bricks to fund Veterans Park

Lake Norman-area civic groups are selling personalized bricks as a way to honor veterans and raise money for a portion of the proposed Veterans Park in downtown Huntersville.

Town officials hope to start construction on the park next year at Main and Maxwell streets, with an estimated completion date of spring/summer 2015.

Personalized bricks are being sold through the Rotary Clubs of Lake Norman-Huntersville and North Mecklenburg County, as well as Huntersville Happy Hour and the Sons of the American Legion Post 321. The goal is to raise at least $60,000, officials said.

The bricks will be used to build the Veterans Memorial section of the park, which will feature six monuments dedicated to each of the six branches of military service; a granite globe rotating on water to show the international scope of American veterans’ service; and lighting for the memorial.

Bricks are $90 each, or $75 each for two or more. Orders must be placed by Jan. 31, and messages on the bricks must be military-related, officials said, though veterans being honored are not required to have a local connection.

The Veterans Memorial is slated for the south end of the park, at the highly visible intersections of Huntersville-Concord Road with Maxwell and Main streets, officials said.

The park will also include a multi-purpose building for events such as the farmers market, a festival stage, lawn area and children’s play area.

Huntersville Parks and Recreation Director Michael Jaycockssaid the park could cost roughly $2 million.