New Downtown Park Underway: Unsung Heroes

R2 Construction is building the water feature in the Unsung Heroes Park on Main Street.

A new park is in construction near Wall and Main Street.

The Unsung Heroes Park is located south of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes at 1 S. Main.

The grassy area has been vacant since 2005 when the building sitting on it, burned down.


R2 Construction is currently is doing the excavation and concrete work on the grassy site, and the water-fall will be constructed by DreamScape Innovations, Inc from Mound City, Nuss said


A stage is being planned for the northside of the old Kress building on the south side of the park, and the Rotary Club is donating benches and trash receptacles.


A frontal view of the water feature in an artist’s rendition. This will be a part of the new Unsung Heroes Park. Elaine Buerge is the artist. Submitted photo.

The idea began in 2017 when a small group began planning a park for the green space on the vacant lot in historic Fort Scott.

The group is currently comprised of Elaine Buerge, Bernita Hill, Beth Nuss, and Carolyn Sinn.

After the original research and planning took place, bids were let.

“The bids were not financially feasible,” Nuss said. “So we needed to revisit the plan.”

“All the money we had was donated,” she said.

Then the Timken Company stepped in with a grant of $25,000, “which got us to the top,” Nuss said.

There will be a small fenced area for dogs in the park.

“The area for dogs will try to accommodate pets of people living downtown,” she said.


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