Donations sought to complete Edmonds Veterans Plaza

Rendering of Edmonds Veterans Plaza

The Edmonds Veterans Plaza is moving forward with a new round of construction bids anticipated over the next 30 days. And they invite supporters to help them raise additional funds for the project.

According to an announcement Wednesday, the Veterans Plaza steering committee has raised $510,000 toward the project. All that remains is an additional $65,000 to ensure that there is adequate funding to complete it. Citizen contributions of $100, $250 or $500 will go a long way toward finishing this task, committee leaders said.

The project was originally scheduled to be completed by Veterans Day 2016 but a decision was made to raise additional funds and rebid the project after the first round of construction bids came in higher than expected.

According to the council agenda, the architect’s estimate of $248,683 to build the memorial west of the city’s Public Safety Complex was significantly lower than the two actual construction bids received

With a contributions of $500 or more, donors can honor a veteran through a paver that will be placed on the plaza. If donors do not have a specific veteran to honor, contributions of $500 or more can be made to a fund to honor veterans who lack the financial resources to purchase a paver.

“Those who donate $1,000 or more can have their names engraved on the donor wall in perpetuity, and major donors of $5,000 or more will have newly designated and exclusive naming opportunities available,” said committee chair Ron Clyborne.

Construction is scheduled to start in early 2017 and be completed in time for Memorial Day on May 29. Project leaders encourage everyone to support this project and help the Edmonds project reach its financial goal by the end of the year.

Contributions in any amount can be made to Edmonds Veterans Plaza, c/o Edmonds VFW Post 8870, P.O. Box 701, Edmonds, WA 98020. Checks should be made payable to Edmonds VFW Post 8870, indicating that the check is for the new plaza. Donations can also be made online at Credit cards are accepted.

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