It’s been years, but Fawn Park in Fawnskin will be open to the public effect on Sept. 11.
Marty Ingels and Shirley Jones own the quaint little park on North Shore Drive. They bought the property years ago to prevent it from being developed. Ingels’ plan after the Sept. 11 attacks was to create a memorial park, and he obtained a piece of the World Trade Center for the site. It has a special place in the park and will be the center of attention on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
The park has been closed to the public for years following a feud Ingels had with a small group of Fawnskin community members and organizations. Problems went unresolved although there were numerous attempts to bridge the divide.
Ingels continued to add to the park, adding quaint artifacts, benches and more. The park was always maintained, but the gates closed with signs reminding the public the park was off limits.
The ruffled feathers have been smoothed and Ingels and Jones have planned a celebration and tribute to the victims of 9/11. The plans were revealed to Fawnskin organizations and welcomed with enthusiasm, Ingels said.
From noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, the park will be abuzz with activity. Fawnskin residents and merchants join Ingels and Jones at the park for the grand reopening and the memorial ceremony. An honor guard from the U.S. armed services will be present. There are presentations planned by Big Bear fire departments, and the Sheriff’s Department. Food, drink and music are also included, according to Ingels.
The proposed memorial will be unveiled. It will include a mural and inscriptions honoring those who lost their lives on Sept. 11. Ingels said the 10th anniversary is a greater pull to reopen the park and one he couldn’t ignore.
Fawn Park is on North Shore Drive across from North Shore Cafe in Fawnskin.