NEEDLES — After months of planning, preparation and work the ribbon was cut at the Needles Route 66 Train Park along Front Street on June 6.

“There’s no better day to dedicate this park than the 75th anniversary of D-Day,” said Needles City Councilor Shawn Gudmundson.

After a moment of silence, Gudmunson introduced Janet Jernigan, Needles Downtown Business Alliance President.

“I just want to give a thank you to all our business partners and the city of Needles for making this park possible,” said Jernigan. “As the park started we have to thank Phillips Construction because they did the grading for the park and next came in Josh Stewart with the design layout. The veterans flagstone was designed by Sun Down Signs. Joe Jones, owner of West Side Shell, Dairy Queen and Subway, donated our flag pole and his sign honors all veterans.”

Jernigan stated Needles will always have a connection to the railroad and thanked Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway for their donations.

“The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe donated the trees, cactus and the trail sign,” said Jernigan.

The dedication of the Needles Route 66 Train Park ended with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 404 Color Guard performing a flag salute.

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