Rose Park Veterans Memorial-Kalamazoo, Michigan
Located on the Kalamazoo River at the East Gateway to the City of Kalamazoo, Rose Park is a beautiful memorial dedicated to Veterans and has been a special community project for the Rotary Club of Kalamazoo-Sunrise since 1991. The park features flags and large granite memorials celebrating each military branch as well as over 5,000 commemorative paving bricks. The bricks, which are available for purchase and can be inscribed with a Veteran’s name, branch, and unit, serve as the floor of the memorial.
An antiquated system of brick identification and location provided Wightman an opportunity to assist the Rotary. The goal was to create an efficient and easy way to manage the bricks for inventory, consistency, locating, and placement. Our GIS and Reality Capture teams utilized drone technology and high definition laser scanning to map the entire memorial site, developed a 3D model, and created an interactive database and online map by which park staff, Veterans’ families, and the public can search for and locate a specific brick through the use of a smartphone. Wightman was delighted to be of service to our local heroes and their families.