Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park
This memorial park, on the banks of the Cedar River in downtown Waterloo, has been renovated through a fundraising effort by local veterans and fire fighters. RITLAND+KUIPER Landscape Architects donated their services to provide the design and assist in the preparation of construction documents and construction administration of the development.
The main feature of the renovated park is a new memorial walkway to commemorate Waterloo’s veterans. The walkway terminates on the south with a memorial to the Unknown Soldier. The terminus on the north is a miniature scale Statue of Liberty. The focal point along the axis is a white marble civil war memorial fountain which has been restored by a retired mason.
This renovated park has been unofficially labeled the largest visitor draw in the Waterloo downtown, and it is literally packed with veterans and their relatives on Memorial Day. It has become a tradition for families and friends to place American flags at the individual bricks identifying loved ones.