Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Eau Claire County Veterans Tribute Foundation is still fundraising for its $2 million Veterans Park Tribute Trail.
Now, it’s asking if the Eau Claire County Board wants in on the deal.
The trail was approved by both the Eau Claire City Council and County Board last year and will run along Forest Street, just north of Phoenix Park.
The Foundation is currently raising money for phase one, which will cost roughly $1 million. That money would go toward paving the trail and building a veteran honor mall at the end.
Eau Claire County Board Member Mark Beckfield said they’ve already raised $450,000 privately for the first phase. They want the county to have first dibs at sponsoring the special memorial site by investing $450,000.
“The sponsorship of the mall is the most important part. It’s the part that will have the flags and all the ceremonies will be held here. Plus the names of all our fallen soldiers and the gold star mothers”, Beckfield told News 18.
The request will be in front of the county board October 9. Beckfield said if the county won’t be the sponsor, they plan to go to businesses and have them sponsor the mall.
Crews are set to break ground on the trail next spring.