Angels Park in Evansdale dedicated this weekend

Published: Sep. 30, 2018 at 7:00 PM CDT
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A memorial park dedicated in part to two young cousins in Black Hawk County is finally finished.

Family and friends came together for the grand opening of Angels Park in Evansdale Sunday. It's dedicated to people who lost their lives too early in life. Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins are the original inspiration.

Hundreds crossed the bridge, entering Angels Park for the first time Sunday. There were child safety booths. Things like car seat safety to DNA swab kits.

April Estling runs one station.

"You just never know when you might need something like that,” Estling said.

Her son, Kaiden, died three months ago.

“Kaiden was riding his moped home and someone slammed into his moped behind him, and left him on the side of the road to die,” Estling said.

She's here for two reasons: to share her son's story in the hopes that the driver will come forward and so people will seek out resources to keep children safe.

And families who lost children gathered today.

“I just want to thank everyone that's been there through the whole time we've been going through this,” Drew Collins, Elizabeth’s dad, said.

Collins led the ceremony. After six years of planning this park is everything he imagined.

The last step was adding the bridge, to make the place handicap accessible.

“The sidewalks were always handicap accessible but we didn't have the bridge so that people who are handicapped could come over here,” Dona Frickson said.

They celebrated this weekend. And reminded others this park is a place for the entire community. They say it can help people grieve.

"I know everyone says but he really was the best teenager he was my best friend and my rock and I don't know how I'm going to do this without him,” Estling said.

A place to remember those gone so young and wait for justice.

If anyone has information about the cases call Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300- 8477.