Leander set to spend $100K on Veterans Park statue


The Leander City Council will take up a proposal to spend up to $100,000 on a statue for the city’s Veterans Park during its March 7 meeting. 

The city solicited bids beginning in January to commission an artist to design, fabricate and provide an Eagle Sculpture for Veterans Park to be installed in the Plaza of Flags.

According to city documents, two artists responded, and the council is expected to approve the selection of John Maisano for the Veterans Park Phase III Eagle Sculpture Project.

According to city documents, Maisano was selected by city staff “due to his active involvement throughout Texas and especially Central Texas.”

Council documents indicate Maisano’s most recent work has been completed at the Waco Sculpture Zoo and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and past sculptures include popular sites such as Zilker Park Botanical Garden, University of Texas in Austin and the Austin Nature and Science Center.  

Additionally, city documents state that Maisano has a BS in Fine Art and was Artist in Residence at Yale University for several years. He is currently a member of the board of directors for Austin’s Umlauf Sculpture Garden.

Mark Tummons, Leander’s parks and recreation director, is scheduled to present the proposal to the council during Thursday’s meeting. 

The city will also consider an additional amendment in the amount of $95,000 for professional services contract for construction phase services related to the Metro Drive Extension Project and Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Project. 

The city previously approved more than half a million dollars in total expenditures for the Metro Drive extension and various construction projects in the area, including a bridge across the North Fork of Brushy Creek.