|To the Editor: BG has rare opportunity to create Town Square|
|Written by Diane Vogtsberger|
|Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:18|
Where I grew up, we had a Town Square, complete with a band stand. Traditionally, America's small towns have defined their identity by these beautiful spaces, surrounded by grass and benches, places where citizens come together. I am suggesting Bowling Green does the same.
We have a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to create a Town Square, unique to Bowling Green, in the space that has emerged from the demolition of the old junior high building. It is ideally located for all events central to the downtown area. I see it as a way to set our city apart from other towns similar to Bowling Green. It would certainly add space for the Black Swamp Festival and the downtown Art Walk. The university could hold small outdoor events in this space, not to mention the many service clubs in BG. The space could be used for performances by the public schools and the community's music groups. In addition, the Farmers' Market would have a more appropriate home in the city's Town Square rather than in a parking lot.
I believe the opportunities are endless. Students from area schools could participate in this project. BGHS's vocational agriculture students could guide the planting design. Penta has a wonderful construction program; they could build the band stand. Their horticultural program could do the landscaping, etc. Each of our area schools could sponsor a garden space, planting in the fall and enjoying in the spring. This could be a multigenerational project.
At this time, I am thrilled to see community support for such a space, and I encourage all of us to contact city council to make it happen.
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