Wolfforth to add trees to memorial

Since it was dedicated on April 27, 1996, there have been no additions to a memorial grove in Patterson Park.

But City Manager Darrell Newsom said some residents have asked to plant new trees in the grove in memory of their loved ones.

A family that had already placed trees in the 1990s for some of their loved ones was the first to make the request, but others are now asking for permission, Newsom said.

“I know several families have expressed an interest,” Newsom said.

He said the city is looking into planting more trees. But he hopes that with publicity, more people will be interested and the city can get a better bulk rate for the families.

The city will need to get pricing on both the trees and the memorials to go with them.

“It may take us a little time to get to this,” he said.

In the future, Newsom said the city might open up the grove to new plantings every few years.

Wolfforth resident Rowena Booher said her family had contacted the city about planting a tree in honor of her son, Shane. She had previously had a tree planted in the memorial grove in honor of her parents, Roe and Bryci Dalton, who used to run a laundry on Fifth Street.

“They were around the first ones that were ever put down there,” she said. “I think it’s a very special thing, especially people that have been raised, that have been around here like we have.”

Booher said she is a proud Wolfforth resident who also graduated from Frenship High School, had several children graduate from FHS, and now has two grandchildren who have graduated from FHS.

Newsom said there is no requirement to have a certain number of years of residency in Wolfforth.

“I think it’s just people who wanted to have a memorial tree to whoever,” he said. “There’s all kinds of different folks memorialized down there.”

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