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A rendering of the concept for the veterans memorial park project shows what the park may look like from a bird’s-eye view.

Glynn County’s Veterans Memorial Park Committee green-lit a new park proposal Wednesday, which will now go on to the Glynn County Commission for review.

Adam Williamson and Peyton Peterson, architects with TSW Design, presented the latest concept for the empty lot between I and J streets on Newcastle Street in downtown Brunswick.

It included additions committee members requested at their meeting last month. Among the changes are a sidewalk running through the center of the open grass area in the center of the park, as well as a separate monument to honor Glynn County residents who gave their lives in the armed forces.

The monument to local veterans was a little too tall, said county Public Works Director Dave Austin. The names of World War I veterans were too high, he said, at around nine feet up the face of the monument. The architects said they could make the monument shorter and broader.

Voters approved $1.5 million in spending on the park in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 2016, and the concept is still over-budget at $1.79 million. Williamson said they made some changes to lower the cost, including removing shade structures over a picnic area and replacing them with trees.

County Commissioner Mike Browning said some of the costs assigned to items might be at “Atlanta pricing.” He suggested the committee go ahead with the proposal, as they may likely find the county will get better prices from local construction companies.

It’s better to go to bid with a little extra so you have some things you can cut if your costs run over, Austin said.

The concept for the memorial is a round, raised platform of concrete and pavers, with monuments to all branches of the U.S. Military and local veterans arranged around the outside. Lighter-colored bricks arranged in a radial pattern would connect the outer ring to a military seal set in the center of the memorial.

Austin said he would try to get the park concept on the agenda for the county commission’s June 19 work session, which is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Harold Pate Courthouse Annex, 1725 Reynolds St. in Brunswick.

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