New Memorial Plaza And Bridge At Mynatt Park
Earlier in June, the city of Gatlinburg unveiled it’s long-awaited memorial project to honor the lives lost and the rescue efforts made during the 2016 Smoky Mountain wildfires (for this very site was originally designed to provide information and support on). Myself and Ge’ne Kea went to Mynatt Park to get pictures of the memorial and some additional pictures of the park at a time when it’s very apparent new additions have been made recently and looking at its best in years.
Information on the memorial itself it as follows:
“GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) — After years of waiting, the City of Gatlinburg and Sevier County held a dedication ceremony on Friday for the 2016 Wildfires Memorial and Tribute Plaza.
The ceremony took place at Mynatt Park in Gatlinburg on Friday, June 9 at 2 p.m. The event will be focused on “remembering those who lost their lives in the November 28, 2016 wildfires and paying tribute to the first responders who came to the aide of Gatlinburg and Sevier County,” according to a release from the city. The memorial at Mynatt Park involves two separate plazas flanking each side of LeConte Creek. According to the city, one serves as a memorial to those who died in the fires and the other is a tribute to the agencies who assisted during the response and recovery efforts.
The memorial was built by Robert Campbell & Associates and Whaley Construction was the contractor on the memorial.”
The full article can be found at https://www.wate.com/news/local-news/gatlinburg-wildfires/2016-memorial-plaza-dedication/. Pictures below are taken and provided with permission by Ge’ne Kea.