Heartland community dedicates 'Walk of Heroes'

Over 500 bricks honoring local veterans now line a portion of Main Street along Twin Parks.

One Heartland community is coming together to recognize its local heroes.

The "Walk of Heroes" was dedicated in Brookfield Friday night.

Over 500 bricks honoring local veterans now line a portion of Main Street along Twin Parks.

The walk is the result of a greater effort to revitalize Twin Parks and Downtown Brookfield.

â??It's an uphill battle. But when you have this many wonderful people that are invested in your community and really just love it. Folks in this community decided a few years back that if this community was going to survive would be because they did it not going to happen from outside and so they are doing it,â?? said Brookfield Economic Development Coordinator Becky Cleveland.

Future plans for the park also include an updated playground for kids to enjoy, a new East Park pavilion and brand-new lighting and benches that will one day continue all the way down Main Street.

But that's not all the citizens of Brookfield were celebrating Friday night.

The Walk of Heroes dedication also kicked off the first-ever Twin Parks Summer Festival.

The dedication was followed by a parade of the Back Road Cruisers down Main Street.

Festivities continue again Saturday with the Homerun Half-Marathon starting at 6:30 a.m., a 5K walk at 7:00 a.m., The Back Road Cruisers Car Show starting at 8:00 a.m., A Hidden Treasure Auction beginning at noon and the Downtown Brew Review. Registration for the Brew Review will open at 3:00 p.m. in East Twin Park.

â??This is our first venture with a pub crawl type of event but we're really looking forward to that. Topping it off we have a street dance tomorrow night,â?? said Cleveland.

All proceeds from the Summer Festival will benefit further revitalization efforts.