Miners Plaza wall

Employees with Morris Monument prepare a panel for placement in the Paonia Town Park Miners Plaza memorial wall last June. Two panels were recently added to the wall. Space is still available on the wall, which honors the legacy of coal mining in the valley, those who helped create or support Paonia Town Park, the Town of Paonia and the other industries that helped form the North Fork Valley community.

The two panels that broke during engraving of the Miners Plaza memorial wall at Paonia Town Park were installed Oct. 31 by Morris Monument, bringing the number of panels up to 125. Project organizer Dave Bradford states that of the panels, 12 are historical entries and 113 have names of those those who helped create or support Paonia Town Park, the Town of Paonia and the industries that created the North Fork Valley. Three of the 11 panels are completely full, and five still have space for new entries. Of those, there are 40 4-inch x 8-inch spaces, 18 8x8 inch spaces and 11 12x12 inch spaces.

Cost for a 4X8 space is $125, an 8X8 space is $225, or $275 with additional art, and a 12X12 space is $275 or $325 with art.

“I’m very pleased with the results,” said Bradford. “I think we created an attractive entrance to the park, a respectful area for the Coal Miner’s Statue and a wonderful commemoration of what makes Paonia and the North Fork Valley so special.”

For a flyer, or to learn more about the project and the history of Town Park, visit townofpaonia.com or stop by Town Hall during regular business hours.

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