The Albertville Memorial Park was finished this fall and a park dedication ceremony will be Sunday, Sept. 22 at noon.
The project began as a tribute to a tragic crash that occurred in 2008 when a bus full of Pelican Rapids band students returning from a trip to Chicago overturned. Many students were injured and one life was lost.
In years following the crash, a roadside memorial was frequented by many until it had to be removed for work on the freeway in 2012. The new park is intended to memorialize the accident, as well as, all lives lost on local roadways.
The park’s garden has been inspired by the life of Jessica Lynn Weishair, who died in the bus crash, and her love of butterflies and nature. The garden in located north of I-94 and south of Hunter’s Lake at the intersection of 62nd Street NE and 63rd Street NE. The park project was made possible through private donations, generous volunteers, the Albertville Fire Department, the community of Pelican Rapids, and a local Eagle Scout.
The community is invited to attend the official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. Refreshments will be provided and anyone who wishes to speak may do so.