BrightView and Forest Lake Estates Dedicate Memorial Park for Veterans, First Responders
Industry-leading landscape services company partners with 55-and-over community to design and install memorial park
Team members from BrightView and Forest Lake Estates were joined by more than 600 Forest Lake community members, including 75 veterans and first responders, to dedicate a new memorial park. The project was recently completed after months of planning and construction.
Management at Forest Lake Estates in Zephyrhills, Fla., reserved a scenic lakeside location for the park. BrightView donated the design, irrigation, hardscape installation, and landscape installation in the heart of the age-qualified housing community and coordinated efforts with our local and national vendors to receive all materials at no cost.
“This all began when we were asked to relocate some flag poles and it has snowballed into an amazing project,” said Keith Wilson, Vice President and Regional Sales Leader at BrightView. “There are a lot of service members and first responders in Forest Lake Estates and the Zephyrhills area and our team is proud to give back to those who served.”
The park features a flag representing each branch of the military, paver walks, a memorial wall, a commemorative plaque, new landscaping, and a first responders’ fire pit area.
Witnessing how our team, the Forest Lake team, and other partners all rallied to bring this vision to life was really something special.
- Keith Wilson, BrightView Vice President and Regional Sales Leader
The memorial was officially opened during a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony on Veteran’s Day weekend. Guests included Zephyrhills Mayor Gene Whitfield, retired U.S. Air Force Gen. David Scott, Deputy Fire Chief Andrew Fossa, Pasco County Sheriff Tait Sanborn, and leaders from both BrightView and Forest Lake Estates.
“We have a lot of veteran residents who live at Forest Lake Estates and we were looking for a way to honor not only them but the veterans and first responders in the Zephyrhills community,” said Steven Bagiardi, General Manager of Forest Lake Estates.
The park will serve as a place of remembrance to honor the many veterans and first responders who reside in the Forest Lake Estates community and beyond. Residents of the community will be able to purchase and dedicate bricks on the walkway and memorial wall with proceeds going toward maintaining the park.
“We worked to create a beautiful park and memorial that will only become better with time,” Wilson said. “Witnessing how our team, the Forest Lake team, and other partners all rallied to bring this vision to life was really something special.”
The memorial park at Forest Lake Estates is one of several projects BrightView teams across the country have completed to give back to our nation’s heroes. See some of the other projects BrightView has completed this year or view more photos from this project.
About Forest Lake Estates:
Forest Lake Estates is an age qualified community that offers residents resort-style amenities, beautiful landscaping, and a convenient location. The 894-site community is positioned in the suburban city of Zephyrhills in Pasco County, known statewide for its natural springs, major shopping centers, medical facilities, and famous Gulf Beaches just 45 minutes away. Community activities are plentiful at Forest Lake Estates, with shuffleboard, billiards, tennis, pool volleyball, putt-putt golf leagues, and a fully stocked fishing lake. For more information, visit www.myMHcommunity.com.
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