PLAINFIELD, IN – You might remember the story from 2018; a Central Indiana resident is looking to build a permanent “thank you” for police officers, firefighters and communications officers at the Friendship Gardens Park in Plainfield, Indiana. Town of Plainfield resident, Dave Weaver, decided to come up with the idea of the “Celebration of Service Plaza” to recognize and honor public safety personnel for all their hard work in keeping the community safe. Weaver quickly sprang into action, with the support of the Town of Plainfield Town Council, the Plainfield Police Department, Plainfield Fire Territory and Hendricks County Communications Center. After donations from community members and even offenders from the Correctional Facility in Plainfield, Weaver has partnered with Patronicity to crowdfund for the completion of the project. If the campaign reaches its $25,000 goal by August 24, 2019, the “A Celebration of Service Plaza” will receive a matching grant of $25,000 from IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program.
Weaver is asking for donations from anyone in the community—you may visit the project website here to learn more about the details and to donate.
“The project is slated to begin in the spring of 2020. I thought a monument like this would allow us to bring awareness to those men and women who work tirelessly to keep our community safe. We do not want to wait until a tragedy happens to recognize them,” said Dave Weaver.
It is meant to be in a prominent and well-traveled area, to remind people of the great work public safety personnel do every day.
“The Town encourages the recognition of all first responders for all of their dedication and service, “saidBrent Bangel, Director of Plainfield Parks and Recreation. “The plaza will be a great addition to one of the town’s most scenic parks “Friendship Gardens Park”. The plaza will be an area that groups are able to gather, honoring and recognize all first responders.”