Paul Owens Memorial

Paul Owens was one of Pride, Inc.'s most treasured volunteers. Paul began his service to Pride, Inc. as a volunteer and consultant. He served on our Board of Directors and was honored as a lifetime member beginning in 1993. His efforts are recognized throughout several local communities, where he designed and completed major beautification projects.

We began planning a memorial in Paul's honor shortly after his death in 2001. We chose Alton's Barth Park, also known as Seminary Square, as the location for the memorial. Several individuals, businesses and communities supported the completion of this project by donating their time, talents, materials and labor. Many friends sent financial donations which enabled us to purchase thirty American Holly trees (Paul's favorite), two flowering cherry trees, six flowering crabapples, fourteen holly shrubs, thirty-six mums, four benches and two trash receptacles. Mrs. Dolores Owens donated a sweet bay magnolia tree that Paul had cultivated and planted in their home garden. We received cooperation from the City of Alton in installing a beautiful new brick walkway running the length of the park.

We could not have completed this beautiful memorial without the ongoing support of the Alton Park and Recreation Department. They became partners in this project, and donated hundreds of hours to the preparation and planting of the park. Their time and expertise were invaluable.

Today, the park is a popular destination for walkers, joggers, families and visitors. Neighbors have volunteered many hours planting and caring for the beautiful annuals and perennials that grace the entrance to the park.


Copyright: Pride Inc. 2014