Not long from now, work will begin on the former Kemper Military School Parade Grounds in preparation for the Central Missouri Cancer Memorial Park.

Not long from now, work will begin on the former Kemper Military School Parade Grounds in preparation for the Central Missouri Cancer Memorial Park.
The Boonville City Council decided unanimously to approve the park at their Monday evening meeting, Boonville will be the location of the third such park in the state.
For almost five years, the cancer park has been a dream of several local individuals who wanted to pay tribute to individuals who have lost their battle with cancer and those who wanted to reflect their own struggle with the horrible disease.
CMCMP President Charlie Melkersman said funding for the project was slow at first, but last year brought significant gains that propelled the group to their goal of $150,000. This lofty goal was achieved recently by large donations from regional hospitals and businesses.
After the dirt work is complete, concrete will be poured and landscaping that will bring the serenity to the park.
“We have already ordered the gazebo, which will be delivered in a couple weeks,” Melkersman said.
Water features that will adorn the park will be ordered soon.
After a successful fundraiser that raised almost $7,000 for the park on Saturday, Melkersman is excited to make this a yearly event.
Terry DaVolt, who brought laughs last year, was back in a cowboy routine on Saturday at the Laura Speed Elliott Auditorium.
First, DaVolt had to rouse the audience so they were ready to participate in what would become an exciting night for them. From lasso tricks to wild-west jokes DaVolt had the audience energized.
Once the show was complete DaVolt auctioned off silent auction items.
DaVolt was excited to be back in Boonville and help with the efforts to bring awareness to cancer.
CMCMP board members include Pat Davis, Wes Davis, Elaine Gramlich, Connie Hackman, Charles Haynes, Charlie Melkersman, TC Meller, Connie Whitehurse and Diana Thomas.