To the editor:
On April 27, a wonderful event took place in Franklin. At the site of the now in-development urban forest, more than 135 citizens spent the morning planting trees. The day was cloudy and cool, but the shovels worked well in the damp soil, and fast work was made of the planting of 48 new sapling trees to keep company with the 800-plus seedlings that were planted April 5.
So far, we have planted over 100 Red Bud trees this spring in addition to several hardwood varieties.
The crowd of volunteers represented ages 6 to 88 and many different civic and non-profit groups and local government departments. Given the number of other outdoor activities scheduled, the turnout was extra special.
I am grateful to all those who participated in this event that will bring pleasure to untold numbers of people for decades to come.
There is still work to be done as another 3,000 trees are yet to be planted over the next three years. A park entry sign is yet to be built and a sign to note the creation of the Jordan A. Crist nature trails, as well as some benches to be used for rest and relaxation.
The demographics of the group planting Saturday validates one of the major reasons for this project, that being its appreciation by people of all ages and occupations. I am humbled by the interest shown to date.
Memorial trees may now be purchased for future planting with contributions to the Urban Forest Fund at Johnson County