Participating in the formal program were Darrell Lovelette, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Bryan; Bob Holmes, Parks Director, City of Bryan; Jason Bienski, Mayor of Bryan, and Nancy Berry, Mayor of College Station, who together read a proclamation on behalf of the two cities and Brazos County; Amy Reed, Executive Director, Keep Brazos Beautiful, who made the memorial tree presentations; Brazos Heritage Society member Dennis Brezina, who spoke about the Heritage Park project; and Amy Atkins, Assistant Parks Director, City of College Station. Also present were representatives of Congressman Bill Flores, the Texas Forest Service, and the A&M Garden Club.
Several members of the Brazos Heritage Society’s Executive Committee were in attendance, including: Nat Hilliard, President; Dan Beto, Vice President; Kyle Kovel, Secretary; Beverly Myers, Treasurer; and Tom McDonald, Of Counsel.
The high point of the ceremony was the planting of two trees – a Lacebark Elm and a Live Oak. These trees were planted in recognition of certain individuals. A tree donated by Ashley Wesp was planted in memory of Dan Cody, and the other tree, donated by the Evening Garden Club and Kay Perrone, was planted in honor of Joyce Niece and Karen Thomas.
Several photographs from this event may be viewed on the Smilebox below.