Local artist’s gift erected in advance of Garden Park dedication

William Walton cedar sign garden park dedication

William Walton stands beside a red cedar sign he crafted for Crestview's Garden Park.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 17:20 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Crestview artist William Walton has donated a handmade sign for Garden Park in advance of the recreation area’s April 25 dedication.

Walton, who owns PortraitCarvings.com, a local business, created the sign from red cedar, Dogwood Garden Club member Thea Duhaime said. She is spearheading the club's project to dedicate the park in honor of the defunct Crestview Garden Club.

"When the Crestview Garden Club finished their work on the park in 1982, they named it Garden Park, but not officially," she said. "It wasn't until May 23, 2011, that the Crestview City Council officially named it that, in honor of the Crestview Garden Club.

"There was never any official dedication that I can find in my researching. So, with the donation of the new sign, we thought this was the perfect time to dedicate the park and to bring attention to it."

When the Crestview Garden Club disbanded as its members aged, the Dogwood Garden Club stepped up to continue their predecessors' work in beautifying the park.

"We're carrying on the tradition," Duhaime said.

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