Happy Valley Veterans Memorial Park
Honoring our veterans
The City of Happy Valley is proud to possess a permanent feature to honor the men and women who served our country. Dedicated in a formal ceremony on Aug. 20, 2021, the Happy Valley Veterans Memorial Park provides an opportunity to gather and thank local veterans.
To bring this project to fruition, the City of Happy Valley was awarded a Veterans and War Memorial Grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission to build the feature, which is adjacent to Happy Valley City Hall. Approximately $75,000 of grant dollars helped fund the infrastructure, with the City covering costs related to site preparation, irrigation, and landscaping. Surrounding a labyrinth are benches and lighted flags for each branch of the military. It is the City’s hope that the Veterans Memorial Park will be an integral landmark in Happy Valley, ensuring that all veterans in our community are remembered.
This genesis of the Happy Valley Veterans Memorial dates back to 2014, with the installation of a stone labyrinth in the park space adjacent to City Hall. In 2016, the City Council discussed the opportunity to build a memorial park dedicated to veterans. Shortly thereafter, a work group was convened, encompassing local veterans, city staff, parks and art committee members. They developed the plan that was submitted to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission for this grant.
Several community groups partnered in the City’s grant proposal to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission. Letters of project support were submitted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1324; 364th Civil Affairs Brigade, Department of the Army, based out of Camp Withycombe; Senator Alan Olsen; and the City of Happy Valley advisory committees for parks and public art.