To the Editor: Lobby for green space in BG
Written by Wally Pretzer   
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 08:50
Both at the City Improvement Committee meeting and the regular City Council meeting on March 18, I spoke for a permanent green space where the former Bowling Green Junior High School stood; since the demolition, it has been a green space with donated trees planted on the periphery.  To keep it permanent would take City Council action, involving council discussions that date back to 2005 relative to the construction of a new city building.
There are those who support the construction of that building on this green space, probably because they consider it a central downtown location.  Yet there are other possibilities that fit the description:  the empty large building (up for sale) next to the Huntington Bank on South Main -- which would be desirable because it would face the main street of downtown; the former Huntington Bank building (originally the Bank of Wood County) -- which would,most probably, cost an exorbitant amount of money to renovate, even though it would be really centrally located; the area on South Grove where the now-demolished Central School Administration building stood -- could also be considered a central location.
If the new city building were constructed in this South Grove area, employees could enjoy their lunch hour eat on benches in the Wooster/Church green space.  While there, they, and anyone downtown, could, perhaps, listen to music scheduled now and then.  In fact, this green space could have a gazebo or band stand, for musical activities.  Other artistic events like poetry readings, outdoor theatrical productions, and art exhibits, could occur there, especially in connection with the Black Swamp Arts Festival.  Perhaps there could be an area of shrubs that attract birds and butterflies.
Perhaps pathways in the form of an X and old-fashioned street lamps of a historical nature could be installed.  There might be an attractive mural painted on a backdrop along the side of the First Presbyterian Church.  Like some other cities in Ohio, Bowling Green would have a city square at a location near lovely historical homes on West Wooster.  I urge others to lobby for development of this green space for the permanent enjoyment of the community.
Wally Pretzer
Bowling Green
 

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