The Haysville City Council recently leased land at Dorner Park to build the first Angel of Hope Memorial in the state. Meant to be a place of quiet reflection for parents who have lost children, or anyone who is grieving, there are 150 Angels of Hope throughout the country. The first memorial was commissioned by author Richard Paul Evans in 1994 after hearing reports that grieving families were seeking the angel from his fictional book, The Christmas Box. Haysville Mayor Bruce Bruce Armstrong said, “There are no other Angel of Hope Memorials in Kansas at this point, and it is something that would truly add to the city, the state, and Dorner Park itself.”
The memorial is part of a larger renovation to Dorner Park that includes an 8 field soccer complex, a 3 acre dog park, and a 10 acre lake.