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Mickey Mantle Monument Park Press Release
Pouring for the sidewalk to connect the Mickey Mantle Statue to the parking lot at soon to be Mickey Mantle Monument Park has begun!
Once finished the approximately 380 foot long meandering sidewalk will feature 7 curves, with an information area at each curve detailing different time lines in the Commerce Comet’s life and career. The concrete sidewalk will be lined with bricks on both sides from start to finish, (over 2000 bricks.)
Fans will have the opportunity to become a part of the Monument Park in Mickey Mantle’s hometown by having their names, memories, or messages engraved on a brick or tile. Bricks previously sold will be engraved and placed closest to the statue. The brick engraving process will begin at the statue area and work towards the parking lot.
Information areas along the sidewalk will be floored with 12 inch x 12 inch tiles that may be purchased for engraving messages and memories on. Tiles previously sold will be put in these areas as well. Engraving of the tiles will begin after the bricks are laid, sometime in mid-2012.
Three commercial grade flag poles have been purchased to sit directly behind the statue to create a wonderful view of the Mickey Mantle statue from the highway and Mickey Mantle Field. One of the three flags will be a pin striped flag with the number 7 on it. The American flag will be 8 x 12 and fly from a 40 ft pole while the others will be 6 x 10 flying from a 35 ft pole.
Orders for Bricks and Tiles to be put into Mickey Mantle Monument Park are now being taken. See information below.
Payment Information: Make checks payable to:
Brick and Tile Program
Commerce Sports Authority
618 Commerce Avenue
Commerce OK 74339
Any other inquires contact Commerce City Hall at 918.675.4373
Phase One: Estimated Time Line
Sidewalk concrete completed by: end of 2011.
Begin stencil process for engraving bricks: by end of 2011
Mortaring of bricks along sidewalk complete: by March 1
Engraving process of bricks to begin no later than: March 2012
Work to follow
Work to begin on information areas
Tiles began to be laid on information areas
Engraving process of tiles to begin
All bricks and tiles purchased must first go through a stencil and approval process prior to engraving, 2-6 weeks
Information areas from parking lot to Statue
1. AREA MAP: HIGHLIGHTING AREAS OF INTEREST IN MANTLE’S LIFE
3. HS AND WHIZ KID YEARS
4. JOPLIN, INDEPENDENCE KOM LEAGUE
6. POST CAREER