ANN ALISON HOOVER MEMORIAL PARK
bronze statue - south entrance
If you had driven past the corner of Jefferson Drive and Country Lane in the fall of 2001 and the spring of 2002, you might have seen some of your neighbors working in the small park on the corner watering plants, tending to weeds or picking up litter. You may have seen carpenters erecting a gazebo, or bricklayers laying a path through the park and around the granite fountain.
The park, a thin sliver of land lying along Jefferson Drive between Country Lane and Thompson Drive, is a memorial to former neighborhood resident, Ann Alison Hoover. Many of the volunteers working at the park had known Ann since she was a child, some had met her through her work with outreach centers and fund-raising efforts for arts and nonprofit groups, and a few had not known her at all, yet everyone there felt the need to mourn her death, and more importantly, celebrate her life.
On June 1st, 2002, on what would have been Ann's 50th birthday, the community gathered together to do just that. Politicians, church leaders, the North Hills High School Marching band, and many friends, relatives and neighbors of Ann dedicated the small park at the corner of Jefferson Drive and Country Lane.