In 2015, the Veterans Monument Foundation of Whitemarsh approached Shearon to assist them with the design and budgeting of a Veterans’ Monument at the intersection of Germantown Pike and Joshua Avenue in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County. Shearon worked closely with the Foundation, veterans, and other stakeholders to prepare concept plans. Shearon’s charge was to provide provided spaces for remembrance, contemplation, and celebration that are visible from the busy intersection. The monument also needed to provide a safe space that blended with the existing landscape and circulation pattern in Miles Park. Shearon’s design team of Landscape Architects and Civil Engineers Shearon also provided visuals that would help with publicizing and fundraising for the project.
Through the Foundations diligence, the project was funded and approved to move forward in 2018. At this point, our design team worked with Whitemarsh Township and the Foundation to prepare construction documentation and permitting plans for formal approval by the Whitemarsh Township Supervisors.
In Spring 2020, ground was broken on the monument and Shearon worked with Caddick Construction on implementing the plans. Shearon Environmental’s construction team completed erosion control, tree protection, hardscape, and planting. Approximately 2000 square feet of pavers were installed including 125 engraved pavers honoring those from the Whitemarsh community who served. 40 native trees were planted to blend the monument into the existing park paces.
On November 6, 2020, the Whitemarsh community gathered to dedicate Heroes’ Ground at Miles Park. Shearon Environmental Design is honored to work with the Veterans Monument Foundation of Whitemarsh, Whitemarsh Township, and all those who made the monument a reality.