The small stream that resembles a creek flowing downhill was installed in Lower Blackburn Park/Adam’s Garden largely with volunteer labor and donated supplies.
The water was turned on Saturday, Aug. 31, in a ceremony honoring Scott LaMar.
Work included lining the streambed with stones, installing an underground water line and pump, and landscaping beside the stream bank.
Organized by Gina Pingleton as part of the memorial to her son Adam and other parents who lost a child, the project has attracted a group of loyal volunteers, including firms that donate material and the use of earth-moving equipment.
“It’s come together pretty fast,” said Alderman Walter Arnette, an immediate supporter of the park.
“Anyone who has lost a child knows how important good memories are,” he said.
The park originally was designed as a contemplative location with a grief angel and park benches, but was expanded as people came forward.
It now contains the grief angel, picnic benches, the descending stream, a flagpole surrounded by a veterans’ display, a light that illuminates the park all night and a cave opening cleared of debris.
Although the work was completed with donated materials and volunteer labor, Adam’s Garden is a city park open to the public.
“This park is an example of what we’ve been able to do with partnerships and support from the community,” said Mayor Herb Adams. “We welcome people to come forward with ideas to enhance our parks.”