Collingswood unveils commemorative military sign, pocket park, May 10
On Saturday, May 10 at 9 a.m. Collingswood officials will unveil a new commemorative military sign honoring residents of Collingswood that have served or are serving in all branches of the military since the Iraq war.
The dedication will also include the opening of a new pocket park around the sign at its new location at Collings Avenue between North Atlantic Avenue and the PATCO speedline bridge, adjacent to the Collingswood Senior Community Center.
The board replaces a previous sign which needed updated names and had been weather-beaten. The project was led by Collingswood Commissioner Mike Hall who organized the creation and relocation of the sign after local residents requested that the sign be replaced.
Commissioner Hall was assisted with donations of time and materials by the Collingswood Fire Department, the Timber Creek Regional High School shop class, VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists, Latch Brothers Landscaping and close friend Rick Troendle. The sign currently honors 103 residents and has space for 27 more names.
“This sign honors all the Collingswood men and women that have served or are serving our country home and abroad to keep us safe. It was an honor to create this new sign,” said Commissioner Hall.
Honorees on the board and the public are invited to attend a short dedication on May 10 at 9 a.m. in the new public space. Officials have also invited local and county military personnel to participate in the unveiling. The pocket park area will be open for the public to enjoy and will include new landscaping and benches for people to appreciate the service of Collingswood veterans and servicemen and women. The park also provides a space to relax during the weekly Collingswood Farmers’ Market and during warm weather and beautifies a very visible space in the Borough.
Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene it has taken home national recognition including being named a Top 10 Transformed Neighborhood by Forbes, the Best Place to Go Car Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association and is home to the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, voted best in America by the American Farmland Trust. For more information, visit www.Collingswood.com.