Originally known as Forest Park, the 12.166 acres for Veterans Park was purchased in 1978. The Park received a ‘face lift’ in 1997, made possible by a NatureWorks grant awarded in 1996.
The cost for the project totaled $201,440; the NatureWorks grant provided for 75% of the funds which were matched by the APD’s 25%. Included was the addition of a Memorial Plaza to honor the veterans, a shelter which seats over 100 people, a modern restroom building and associated utility upgrades, a basketball court and a relocated shelter with seating for 20 people, now situated by the fire ring.
Substantial improvements were also made to the Park’s overall landscaping, the parking lot and the entrance driveway. The Park was rededicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 1997 to all Anderson residents who served in the US armed services.
Lucky Lanier “All Children’s Playground” Gets a Facelift
The playground at Veterans Park was initially constructed in 1988. It was one of the first playgrounds of its type in the Tri-state area that was specifically designed to include children with disabilities. By partnering with the Kiwanis Club of Anderson Hills and using our own labor, the aging equipment and facility at Veterans Park have now been replaced with new, more advanced play structures. The surrounding playscape has also been renovated. The total cost of the construction was $74,695, with the material cost being covered by the Kiwanis Club of Anderson Hills and other outside donations and fundraisers.