Volunteers Get to Work on Angels Park

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

BLACK HAWK COUNTY, Iowa – After only a few weeks, workers are moving right along on the Angels Park project in Evansdale.

Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins disappeared while riding bikes in Evansdale last July. Investigators found their bikes on the path around Meyers Lake. Their bodies were found in December, but no arrests have been made the case.

Now, steps are being taken to forever honor the Black Hawk County cousins. A few weeks ago the city renamed the park around Meyers Lake "Angels Park" and now calls the bike path "Trail of Angels".

Volunteers are working countless hours to raise money and create an Angels Park as perfect as the memories of Lyric and Elizabeth. Even some youngsters are pitching in.

Breann Minikus, 11, and Taylor Stefancik, 10, have made more friendship bracelets than most girls.

"Probably all together like a thousand," Minikus said.

They're doing it for Lyric and Elizabeth, even though these girls didn't even know the cousins.

"I think we are doing a good thing for them," Stefancik said.

The project started months ago, and they charge a dollar for each colorful creation.

At first, the girls raised about $60. Then, just last week, they turned over an additional $548 to the Waterloo Police Department, which is all going to Angels Park.

Over the past few weeks, the park has been a busy scene. Most of work is happening on the island in the lake.

"We hope to have a shelter in the middle and the gazebos on the four corners," said park project organizer Dona Frickson.

Crews tore down several trees to make room for the changes. That caused some problems as people saw an array of stumps where the tall trees once stood.

"We want to have a clear space over there so no one is able to hide in between the trees. We want it to be a safe place and we want the police to be able to patrol it," Frickson said.

Project organizers said they would be replanting trees and plan to put down a brick memorial walkway. There are no limits for Angels Park, it all depends on how much money volunteers raise.

That's something Taylor and Breann will keep working on.

"People wanted to buy more and then we got asked to do a concert," Minikus said.

The concert is another big effort to raise money for Angels Park. The two girls will be selling their bracelets there. Plus, all the ticket proceeds from the Saving Abel concert will go to the project. It's April 20 at McElroy Auditorium in Waterloo.

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