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Information about Tonganoxie’s Gallagher Park personalized bricks to be available later this month

November 10, 2015

Tonganoxie’s newest park continues to take shape.

Masonry work has been done at Gallagher Park, just south of Tonganoxie Water Park.

“The initial benches and columns are almost completed,” said Kay Soetaert, park committee member. ‘There’s still some tweaking to do, some finessing to do.”

A drinking fountain for the park has arrived, but because cold weather is on the horizon, the fountain is going to be installed in the spring.

“We would just have to close it down again due to the freezing,” Soetaert said. “We’re going to wait until spring to put that in.”

There are also plans for personalized bricks to be sold and placed in the park.

Details still are being finalized on the bricks. The first phase will have 115 bricks.

Soetaert expected information about how to purchase the bricks to be available by Thanksgiving.

Park plans began in 2012 when Harry Gallagher Jr., son of Margaret and Harry Gallagher Sr., donated the land at 301 S. Main St. to the city. For many years, Margaret and Harry Gallagher raised their children in a small home on the property. After Margaret’s death, her children gifted the land to the city to build a public park. To honor the family, the Tonganoxie City Council named the property Gallagher Park on Sept. 2, 2014.

The council approved, 5-0, at the Sept. 29 meeting to earmark $10,000 for the park’s first phase. The park’s task force has raised about $6,300 so far for the park, including grant money through the Pete and Margaret Leighty Fund. The $10,000 will be paid out of the city’s 2015 capital projects fund budget.

Phase I includes a circular stone bench plaza. The vintage drinking fountain will be in the middle of it.

The second phase would include an informational kiosk with literature about Tonganoxie’s history and other helpful tidbits, along with a playground.

Committee members have looked at the third phase having a shelter house, but Soetaert said that future space still was up for debate.

More about the brick-paving drive will be posted at the city’s website,


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