West Wetlands Park Dedication|
In December 2002, the dedication service was held for West Wetlands Park. It had already been ten years in the making. We learned then of ambitious plans for this 115 acre park, which are scheduled to be completed by 2006. It is the largest environmental revegetation project of its kind in the country.
Note of October 2008
Yes, the West Wetlands park has grown alot since December 2002. They've increased the walking paths greatly. We walked from 12th Avenue and Water street to 22nd Avenue and Water street! The air was cool, the breeze a perfect lightness. On the path we passed a huge tall statue of a man with a gun. Reading some of the info on its base, I learned it is a memorial to a long trek some Morman soldiers made. Also, the sculptor is a descendent of one of the trekkers.
Memory of the statue's info plaques rather weak, I did a little research which reveals the statue honors the West Mormon Battalion that traveled through Yuma 160 years ago. Six hundred of them made a grueling march from Council Bluffs, Iowa to San Diego, California. The statue of Philemon Merrill was done by R.C. Merrill, who "said Philemon Merrill is his great-great-grand uncle".
It's a fine statue, full of vitality, and his shirt has nice draping, as fabric would naturally hang.