City Receives Generous Statue Donations from Shemwell Couple

Bronze turtle statue overlooking Century Lake in Excelsior Springs

Dr. Robert and Patty Shemwell, esteemed residents of Excelsior Springs, have once again demonstrated their unwavering commitment to their community. The couple, known for their active participation in local boards and committees over the years, have donated two statues to the city, further enhancing its unique charm.

One of the statues, a grand depiction of a large tree with children, will be prominently displayed in front of the Excelsior Springs Community Center. Citizen Chad Clevenger has meticulously constructed an elevated base for the statue, ensuring its protection and visibility. The decision to elevate the statue was made to discourage climbing.

Chad Clevenger constructed a base for a tree statue that will be installed here in front of the Excelsior Springs Community Center

The second statue, a bronze turtle, has been installed at Century Park by the Maintenance Division of the Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation Department. Fulfilling the Shemwells’ request, the turtle statue has been positioned to overlook the lake, providing a whimsical touch to the scenic view. Its location near the playground area ensures that it will be enjoyed by families and children visiting the park.

Bronze turtle statue near playground equipment at Century Park in Excelsior Springs

The Shemwells have a long history of service to the community of Excelsior Springs. Their involvement in organizations such as the Good Samaritan Center and Friends of the Wells has made a significant impact on the city. These statue donations are just one example of the generous contributions the couple has made over the years.

“These donations not only beautify our community but also symbolize the spirit of giving that the Shemwells embody,” said Nate Williams, Director of the Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation Department. “Their contributions, both tangible and intangible, have truly set Excelsior Springs apart.”

The Shemwells’ latest act of generosity serves as a reminder of the unique character that defines Excelsior Springs. The community continues to thrive thanks to the dedication and benevolence of its residents, and these statues will stand as a testament to that spirit for years to come. 

Dr. Robert Shemwell and his wife Patty, along with two assistants at the podiatry clinic
Dr. Robert Shemwell and his wife Patty, along with two assistants at the podiatry clinic before Dr. Shemwell retired.

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