Inscriptions at the Park
-Matthew 'Gus' Gustafson
-Robert 'Bob' Berger
-Earl 'Bud' Kellar
-Mary Ellen Canniff
-Jim & Sharon Norwood
-Gary Louis Post
July 4,1948-July 26, 2008
-Robert Nels Martinson
-Arthur Jazz Anton
Vail Memorial Park
- It completes our life cycle as individuals and as a community.
- It gives Vail a soul.
- It provides a lasting remembrance of our loved ones.
- It connects us to the next generation.
- All who feel connected to Vail have a place here.
- The Vail Memorial Park Foundation is a
The Vail Memorial Park is unique in many ways. The 11 acres of land is leased from the Town of Vail for 99 years. The proximity to Grore Creek and the mountain environment creates seasonal changes in different areas of the park. Water during the spring melt flows under the two bridges near the entrance to the memorials. The area serves as a flood mitigation for Vail Vaillage and encourages growth of wetland species of plants. The stone memorials are positioned above the high water mark.
Animals live in and around the park so you may encounter small holes in the ground or other evidence of animal life. The park is situated in such a way that with in its boundaries you have a creek, spruce, pine and willows along the bank and water channels; this transitions into sage covered semi arid track of land, back into a mountain meadow with native grasses and wild flowers and ends up against the hillside with a forest mix of Aspen, Pine and Spruce and a few Cottonwoods. Each species has a different life span and serves a natural purpose. While we work diligently to preserve the natural quality of the park and annually have the pine trees within the boundaries sprayed for the pine beetle; we realize that there are cycles in nature and that this park will be here long after we are gone and many of these trees that are small will be 80’ tall providing more of the natural rhythm. As well we strive to remove the thistle from the meadow and encourage wild flowers and the distribution of them. This is not to say that you may encounter a thistle now and then as you would in a mountain meadow anywhere.
Each stone has its own properties, some surfaces are more suitable to engrave than others. Please be assured that every effort is made to provide the best inscription possible, taking into account the different qualities of each stone. As technolgy becomes available to enhance the inscription process, Vail Memorial Park will certainly take advantage of it, to provide a quality service to those memorialize in the park and their loved ones. Part of the endowment fund is set aside to maintain the inscriptions and ‘touch up’ throughout the years as may be required.