Order a Paver Today

Two Ways to Purchase a Paver:

Donations & Planned Giving

  • All donations are welcome to support the park
  • Three premium levels of private and public support have been established for recognitions in addition to the pavers
  • Levels include: Bronze - $250, Silver - $500, and Gold - $1000
  • Donate Online 

Installation of Pavers
Paver orders received by April 1 of each calendar year will be processed and pavers will be installed in the summer of the same year. A recognition ceremony will take place during the annual POW/MIA Candle Light March in September of each year at Veterans Park. The Committee is working to provide an electronic "Locator" that allows families to click on the Veteran’s Park website link and view the location of pavers installed in the three red paver lanes.

Placement & Replacement
Pavers are placed randomly in the three memorial red striped areas or may be requested to be side-by-side or rows with other pavers of family or comrades. Written special requests will be considered by the Veteran's Park organization. Veteran's Park is responsible for replacing cracked pavers. Requests to move a paver that has already been installed, to a new location, must have a paper request signed by the original purchaser of that paver. Please mail or drop off request at North St. Paul City Hall desk. The Veterans Park Committee will consider the request and respond only to the original purchaser of that particular paver.

Events
For a calendar listing of the latest Veteran's Park events visit www.nspveteranspark.org.

History

The North St. Paul Veteran's Park Committee has been working for a number of years to create a beautiful public space to give tribute to veterans and their loved ones. North St. Paul Veterans Park, located at 2460 Margaret Street & at Highway 36 is a joint effort of the American Legion Post 39, VFW Post 1350, North High Air Force JROTC and the City of North St. Paul. Veteran's Park broke ground on November 11, 2013.

How It All Started
Longtime resident Ellsworth Erickson envisioned a memorial park in North St. Paul with flags from the different branches of service, statues and a place where the names of U.S. Veterans who provided honorable military service, could be honored in engraved stones.

Ellsworth shared his vision with many people. In 2010 his vision inspired Councilmember Furlong who, with great determination, carried out his vision. Before long, with the help of the American Legion Post 39, VFW Post 1350, North High Air Force JROTC and the City of North St. Paul, the North St. Paul Veteran’s Park Committee was formed.

The committee started looking for a location for the park and on November 11, 2013, the committee broke ground at the site on Margaret Street and Highway 36. The unique design for Veteran’s Park was provided by DSGW Architect at no cost to the project. From there the committee started selling engraved memorial pavers and benches. To date, the committee has sold 596 individual pavers, 37 group pavers (4 in-kind) and has had 5 bench sales.

In May of 2014 Governor Dayton signed a state bonding bill which included $100,000 in state funding for the project. Those funds, plus a $9,900 State Legacy Grant, was added to the more than $124,525.32 in private donations for the park (including $10,000 from the North St. Paul Park Fund). The unique design for Veteran’s Park was provided by DSGW Architect at no cost to the project. The committee is grateful for the businesses that have stepped forward with in-kind donations.

On June 13 & 14, Flags For Fallen Military, who discreetly provides families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty with a memorial flag pole, installed four flag poles (their largest endeavor to date) at the Veteran's Park in honor of Marine SGT Chad Frokjer, Army SPC Gregory Rundell and Army SPC Matthew J. Johnson, all of whom were North High Graduates. The three families all chose to have their loved ones flag flying at Veterans Park. The fourth pole was installed for the Honor and Remember flag, “a visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms”.

A Special thanks to Ellsworth Erickson for sharing his vision and to the Veteran’s Park Committee Members: Chair Dan Fisher, Vice Chair Carl Hurtgen, Treasurer/Secretary Tom Trost, Terry Furlong, Dave Andren, Paul Anderson, Don Schroeder, Joe Zakrzewski, John Baker, David Wilkinson, Brian Buesgens, and the late William Crowther.


Video Coverage
 
To help provide comfort and reassurance to the families of fallen members of the military Flags for Fallen Military offers families an American flag as a tribute to fallen heroes.