Waveland's Veterans Memorial Park unlikely opening by Memorial Day

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - Hopes of getting Waveland's Veterans Memorial Park re-opened by Memorial day weekend in May are looking unlikely.

Mother nature has delayed the projected completion date of storm repairs by about two months.

But when the project is finished city leaders say it will be a more pleasurable place to honor our nation's vets.

Army Veteran Raymond Cuevas had hoped Waveland's Veteran's memorial would be the place the community could honor our service men and women this memorial day.

" It's an honor for all the people that served this country, a lot of them gave their lives. We need to honor them, I'm disappointed to hear their not going to have it completed for Memorial Day," said Cuevas.

The project engineer Jeff Clemens said, "Obviously it's a little bit behind schedule, we've had a terrible winter to try to do work in. The cold weather affected all of the concrete work the wet weather affect any of the dirt work going on.

The goal originally was to have it open well before summer kicked in but we can't control mother nature."

Hurricane Isaac heavily damaged the memorial in 2012.

It included a water-fountain that represented all branches of our military forces, as well as a flag retirement pit.

Construction crews started the storm repair work a few months ago.

Several new features will be added to the memorial grounds to give it a more park like atmosphere.

"It will have a little seating events area, of course the old fountain which will be kept in tact but converted to a center flag pole area. Some really pretty nice landscaping improvements and accessibility improvements.

It's a lot of lighting improvements," explained Clemens.

Perhaps the biggest improvement will come in the form of the future protection of the memorial.

A storm surge barrier is being built around the entire memorial park.

"Providing the protective measures around it so hopefully baring another Katrina we won't have that kind of damage every time a little storm comes through," said Clemens.

The memorial park has always been a popular hang out not just to honor veterans .

Cuevas said, "A lot of people love to come out here in the afternoon sit down and enjoy the evening sun going down or sit out here and read, relax."

The memorial park is expected to be ready to enjoy and honor vets sometime in June.

City leaders say the new and improved memorial park will also include an events ceremony area capable of seating about a 100 guests.

The repairs work and improvements will cost about 700-thousand dollars.

FEMA , A community development block grant and tidelands money funded the project