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Cape Girardeau man's vision accomplished with new garden

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Have you ever had a vision and followed through with it? One man in Cape Girardeau did just that. But, it took 28 years to see that vision come to fruition.

Officials with the City of Cape Girardeau, Cape Parks and Recreation and residents gathered together Wednesday to honor Melvin Gateley at a ribbon cutting for the New Vision 2000 Garden at the Murtaugh Park/Red House Interpretation Center.

Gateley, a former teacher, principal and Ward 5 Council Member for Cape Girardeau, dedicated many hours to see the garden project through. Gateley worked to improve and restore pride in the city through Vision 2000 and Vision 2020.

Speakers with the city were on hand giving remarks about the new city garden and also the help of Gateley to accomplish this idea.

“Back in 1987 we decided to have a vision for 2000,” Mayor Harry Rediger said. “We needed somebody to bring us a vision forward to the year 2000. Melvin Gateley was that man."

Gateley helped plant more than 5,000 rose bushes across the city during the late 1980s and 90s. Gateley also spearheaded raising funds for a new rock fountain and interpretive panels for this project.

The original rose garden was located behind City Hall. It was moved to allow new utilities to be laid along Meriwether Street.

New, engraved bricks were sold and the names that were already on the bricks were re-engraved.

Parks crews installed new lighting, irrigation and landscaping as part of the project.

Gateley is proud of Cape Girardeau residents and their desire to always strive for more beautiful parks.

"Cape Girardeau is a city with a future. Cape Girardeau is a city with a vision. Cape Girardeau is a city with a promise," Gateley said.

Included at the ceremony was performances by the Cape Girardeau Christian school band and Cape Girardeau Christian School drama class.

Gateley also felt the workers did a great job installing everything in the sandy area downtown.

As a joke, Gateley gave each Parks and Recreation worker a plastic bucket and shovel to help out in digging in the sand for future developments.

Gateley also gave each Parks and Recreation worker along with city officials a golden shovel to commemorate the ground breaking for this site on March 17, 2014.

Gateley stated, "I have experienced yesterday, and I love today."

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