Letter: Urban forest idea ready to take root

To the editor:

It was four years ago in June that we suffered a terrible flood resulting in the loss of several properties in the south side of Franklin.

Since that time, the city of Franklin, with the backing of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has purchased most of the devastated properties and restored the ground to sod.

Starting in September, the parks department, in cooperation with the city planning department and a committee appointed by then-mayor Fred Paris, initiated a gathering of interested citizens to submit ideas as to how the city could best develop the flooded area into a city park.

Among the several ideas that were presented to the committee and subsequently to the parks department board of directors, was the suggestion to create an urban forest populated with native Indiana hardwood tress. After doing their due diligence, the parks board of directors agreed that the urban forest ideas would meet the criteria of something that would serve the recreational and educational requirements of citizens of all ages, do so at a reasonable original cost and offer the lowest future maintenance cost. Also, it would provide a possible future tourist draw and a beautiful scenic area within walking distance from downtown Franklin.

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