Tucked away in Big Flats, NY is a hiking trail that will give you an amazing sunset view. The trail runs beside a pond that is home to a multitude of wildlife. Tonight the atmosphere was alive with the sounds of birds and other musical creatures. As we made our way down the trail we watched the color display of purple fading to pink then exploding with gold as the sun slowly dipped down to kiss the sky goodnight.
This now beautiful, peaceful park had a somber beginning. State Trooper Andrew J. Sperr was killed in the line of duty in an empty field by two bank robbers. This field is now known as Sperr Park and dedicated to his memory. It has been transformed into a memorial park for Trooper Sperr and other law enforcement who’s lives were lost in the line of duty.
There is a narrow strip of land that branches off the main trail and runs in between the two ponds that make up Sperr Park. This area is full of wildflowers and has a raw, natural beauty. There are benches scattered around this section of the park with memorial plaques to honor law enforcement officers. You will even find a large rock with a plaque in honor of K9 officers. As you make your way around this area, you will come to a large stone engraved with Andrew J. Sperr’s picture and the details of what happened that fateful day, March 1, 2006.
Trooper Sperr’s family and friends have done an amazing job transforming this tragic area into a place of hope and joy. Along with hiking and fishing, there is a pavilion and small playground area for family fun. Throughout the park you find areas with whimsical details that will bring a smile to your face. This is a wonderful place to visit for a hike and to remember the first responders who put their lives on the line everyday.
Thanks for exploring with me – Shelly