SYLACAUGA, Ala. – “It looks like a war zone,” said Steff Miller as she walked the Pinecrest Veterans Walking Track.

Anyone who has driven down Hwy. 280 near Pinecrest Elementary knows that Miller is referring to construction.

Nearly 40 trees have been chopped down at the park causing it to look more like a timber yard than a park and walking track. “I’m just really surprised to see all the trees down with no knowledge of what’s going on.” said Miller.

Many others in the community are asking themselves the same question. Sylacauga Parks and Recreation Director Jim Armstrong told SylacaugaNews.com he has received many calls from people voicing concern.

Right now the park is an eyesore but that is just temporary. Many will be pleased to know that there is a method to the madness.

The trees had to be cut to make room for a new and improved, state-of-the-art memorial for veterans. The plans for this memorial have been in the works for two to three years but now they are finally coming to fruition.

The memorial will be octagon-shaped and feature a wall for each branch of military service. A walk way from the track will lead visitors to the octagon where the service walls will stand. Once completed, decorative trees will be planted around the site.

“We owe a lot to the veterans who have served this country, and this is just a way the city is honoring the veterans,” said Armstrong. “It’s just a show of respect for the veterans and what they have done for us.”

Armstrong said Sylacauga Parks and Rec. is currently in the process of carefully taking down all name plaques from the current memorial so it can be removed. All plaques are expected to be placed on the new memorial.

The process for completing the memorial may take some time and no specific timetable has been set. Mayor Jim Heigl said the city is waiting on additional funding to come in, but Heigl and Armstrong are both excited about starting the process.

Armstrong expects all tress and limbs to be removed very quickly. He also said the walking track should remain clear and walkers should not be affected.

Jeremy Law for SylacaugaNews.com | © 2017, SylacaugaNews.com/Marble City Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.