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Marciano family celebrates Champions Park, Rocky statue

By Erik Potter
Enterprise Staff Writer
Posted Apr 01, 2012 @ 03:57 AM
Last update Apr 01, 2012 @ 09:27 AM

Photo Credit: Marc Vasconcellos
A model of the Rocky Marciano statue that will be erected in September is shown at City Hall. A ground-breaking for the park that will surround the statue will be held Saturday, March, 31, near Marciano Stadium at Brockton High School

BROCKTON - The brother and son of Brockton native and world champion boxer Rocky Marciano joined city officials and residents at a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday afternoon at the future site of Champions Park at Brockton High School.

The late boxer's brother, Peter, and son, Rocky Jr., attended the event.

The park will include a bigger-than-life-size statue of Marciano landing his knock-out punch against Jersey Joe Walcott which will stand on a hexagon-shaped granite platform surrounded by a 32-foot-wide circle of brick pavers, ringed by a wrought iron fence and a brick wall with plaques boasting of The Brockton Blockbuster's accomplishments.

A 27-foot-long walkway, lined by day lilies and flowering trees, will lead to a 10-foot-wide wrought iron arch welcoming visitors into the "Champions Park."

That is the design of semi-retired Brockton landscape architect Bob Keene.

A brass plaque mounted on a large stone to honor Allie Colombo, Marciano's trainer, will also be part of the park.

Read more: http://www.enterprisenews.com/answerbook/brockton/x586836537/Brockton-to-unveil-plans-for-Champions-Park-home-for-Rocky-Marciano-statue#ixzz1tFXgxY6z

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