Triangle, Va. — The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation broke ground on the Heritage Center Parkway and Timothy T. Day Overlook in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park, adjacent to the National Museum of the Marine Corps, on August 13 at 10:30 a.m. The half-mile parkway will provide a new access point from Route 1 to the park and museum. The overlook is an artfully designed space positioned on an elevated area with views of the Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel, National Museum of the Marine Corps and surrounding park.
The new parkway is made possible by a partnership between the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Commonwealth of Virginia, Prince William County and Marine Corps Base Quantico, and will be constructed by construction and design-build firm Branch Highways, Inc. The Marine Corps Heritage Center, which includes the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Semper Fidelis Memorial Park, has become a popular destination for local residents and out of town tourists. More than three million people have visited since the Museum was dedicated in 2006.
The Timothy T. Day Overlook is sponsored by the Timothy T. Day Foundation. The overlook’s current design calls for concentric, stepping stone circles and pathways, with a central plaza. Cantilevered circular wood benches will provide seating in the plaza. Additional parking for cars and buses is also included in the plan.
Representatives from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia Department of Transportation and Prince William County were scheduled to speak. Overlook sponsor Timothy T. Day, former chairman and CEO of Bar-S Foods, also offered remarks. Participants then assisted in officially breaking ground.