City of Quincy set to unveil new Generals Park
A crowd of 3,000 is expected to attend the dedication this Saturday, September 11th for the new Generals Park in Quincy. The park, designed by Halvorson | Tighe & Bond Studio in collaboration with Mayor Thomas Koch and representatives from the City, honors 18 U.S. Generals, and all military personnel with local roots, for their service.
Quincy’s Generals Park features bronze likenesses of seven generals—three statues and four busts—and an array of pavers with a dynamic circular water feature. Interpretive text etched in the stone recalls the individual achievements of the three four-star generals and offers moments of reflection and recognition.
Gen. James McConville, chief of staff of the Army; retired Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs; and retired Army Gen. Gordon Sullivan, former chief of staff of the Army, will be honored with statues.
Busts will be dedicated to Major Gen. Francis McGinn of the National Guard; retired Air Force Brigadier Gen. Ronald Rand; Air Force Major Gen. Stephen Keefe; and Massachusetts Air National Guard Major Gen. Charles Sweeney.
In addition to celebrating Quincy’s ongoing legacy of service and leadership, Generals Park also acts an important open space for residents and visitors. Halvorson worked closely with city officials to develop an attractive park atmosphere offering a variety of seating and site furnishings, surrounded by colorful plantings and shade trees, and a large open lawn for passive recreation.
“It is going to be a beautiful park. I think people will enjoy the space,” said Mayor Koch.
The ceremony will begin at 10am on Saturday, September 11th – near the intersection of Dunford Drive and McConville Way in the area of the former Ross Lot in Quincy Center.