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 CHRISTOPHER AMOS/THE COMMUNITY NEWS
Cole Garrison gives cousin Reid Jackson a ride on a tire swing at Aledo Bearcat Park. The public park on FM5 next to McAnally Intermediate School has climbing features, slides, and swings suited for many ages.
The memorial, built in 2016, features a granite monument, granite benches, and flagpoles atop an area paved with bricks honoring local veterans. The plaza is part of a plan to devel- op Aledo Commons into a public park area with several attractions.
“We are very proud of the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza. It was a long time coming, and we have had great compli- ments on it,” said Ken Pfeifer, Aledo city manager.
Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall said bricks can still be pur- chased for Veteran’s Plaza on the city’s web site: aledo-texas. com.
“I am excited where we are and excited about the improve- ments,” Marshall said. “Aledo Commons is building toward yet another opportunity for the
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community to come together for events.”
The city is working on strengthening the popular downtown business district and the Commons area by add- ing more commercial space, and options for shopping and dining in Aledo continue to grow. Also, a new multi-story office building on Bailey Ranch Road has been completed and is scheduled to open soon.
Aledo hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the popular Christmas Tyme in Aledo, which is held the first Saturday in December and draws visitors from numer-
ous destinations. All festivals feature activities for families, entertainment, and a chance for local merchants and artists to display their products.
For 2019, an amphitheater is planned near the hill area in Aledo Commons.
“Aledo Commons is coming along. We have the parking lot with lighting in place, and we are ordering some city banners to be placed to reflect the area of Aledo Commons,” Pfeifer said. “Before the summer [2018] ends we should have the new restroom in place. The council approved it, and it is funded by the economic devel- opment corporation and the parks and recreation board. I think it will be an outstanding structure.
“That prepares us for the other big project coming up, the amphitheater. The amphi- theater will be located near the hill area, and we will have nat- ural seating there. Other than that, landscaping will be added as well as a sprinkler system
around the parking area. There will be nice-looking bushes and planting near the restroom area. There is also a new restaurant – Bistro 1031 – on the hill, and it should be com- pleted soon.”
Marshall feels the ongo- ing improvements at the Commons and the future construction of businesses
and homes will not affect the rural-community living feel that has made Aledo an attrac- tive place to live and raise a family.
“All of it plays toward retaining and honoring our heritage and sense of com- munity,” she said. “Aledo Commons is building toward yet another opportunity for the community to come together for events.”
- Tony Eierdam
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