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Posted February 11, 2003 | Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily
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Taking shape: Timbrook Park expected to be completed in early to mid-spring

By Charlotte J. Eller -- Daily Staff Writer

A new park, named for a heroic Winchester policeman, is taking shape in the heart of the city’s downtown area, in preparation for its official opening next spring. Timbrook Park, on the lot where Sgt. Ricky Timbrook was fatally shot in 1999 as he chased a fleeing suspect, is expected to be completed in time for a dedication ceremony in early to mid-spring.

That should occur either in late March or early April, athletic director Brad Veach of the city Parks and Recreation Department said Monday.

The park, whose size is slightly more than an acre, is located on the site where the young officer died. It is designed to serve the entire Winchester community, especially the city’s children, whom Timbrook is known to have cared about deeply.

The park also is across the street from the city’s new public safety building, named for him, which houses fire and police departments and emergency communications.

It is one of the largest in scope and most varied parks the Winchester has built in recent years, city officials have said.

Work on the new park, located on the corner of East Lane and Piccadilly Street and parallel to Woodstock Lane, started in October, Veach said. Bad weather has slowed the work.

The cost for the L-shaped park, including donations of many items, is about $120,000, financed as part of a bond issue, he said. Construction is being handled by Ricketts Construction Co.

Work on the children’s playground and its equipment started in December and is expected to be completed this week, he said. D&B Construction of Highland Springs is handling that part of the project.

Also under way is work on a gazebo, donated by Mayor Larry T. Omps, along with a half-court basketball court, a sand volleyball court, open play space, picnic tables, park benches and a memorial for Timbrook.

The form of the latter has not yet been determined, Parks and Recreation Director Thomas Hoy said.

Veach said a wide variety of trees and other plantings also will be included. One local group already has said it will donate some of the trees, while several others are considering a similar gift, he said.

A 3-foot high wrought iron fence will surround the playground, Veach said.

A path also will be built through the park, parallel to Woodstock Lane, he said.

The park will be operated under the auspices of the Winchester Parks and Recreation Department and will be part of its system.

* Contact Charlotte Eller at celler@nvdaily.com

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