Veterans say plans for memorial park not moving fast enough

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Local veterans say they're having trouble moving forward with plans to build a memorial park, years in the making.

“Fort Wayne has three veteran’s parks," said Vietnam veteran Paul Palazzolo, who points out the park would be the first of its kind for Detroit, "Indy has two. Chicago has three or four.”

The lot on Woodward and Temple, near the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 9 building, was supposed to be where that park would be built. The Red Wings plans for a new stadium changed that.

Part of giving up the spot meant finding a permanent memorial site. Palazzolo hopes to build at Gabriel Richard Park near Belle Isle. But the veterans say red tape is keeping the process from moving forward, and they’re looking towards the city and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy for answers on a timeline.

“And now we’re saying, ‘What do you want us to do to get this property, to build a Veterans Memorial Park of Detroit?’ said Palazzolo, "That’s all we’re asking. We’re not knocking the Riverfront Conservancy. They’ve done a great job.”

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