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Princeton Rotary plans to remove large concrete planter ‘eyesore’

Large concrete planter to be replaced by grassy spot, sign

Princeton Rotary has plans to remove this concrete planter in Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton this year. Rotarians plan to level off the ground and plant grass in its place.
Princeton Rotary has plans to remove this concrete planter in Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton this year. Rotarians plan to level off the ground and plant grass in its place.

PRINCETON — Over the past several years, members of Princeton Rotary have volunteered time and resources to spruce up Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton.

From landscape improvements to installing portable toilets — it’s all been done by the work of local Rotary volunteers.

Their next park improvement project is to remove the large concrete planter located in the northwest corner of the park.

The plans were announced during the Bureau County Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday by Building and Grounds Committee Chairwoman Kristi Warren.

“It’s just kind of sitting there doing nothing and is kind of an eyesore,” Warren said.

The plan is to remove the planter, level off the ground and plant grass in its space. Warren said there is electricity there, so Rotary has plans to erect a sign with verbiage about the park and attach an electric box to the back of the sign.

The updates will be done at no cost to the county. Warren said members of Rotary and several agencies have pooled their money for the improvements.

Following Tuesday’s meeting, Warren confirmed the changes will in no way affect the plans of Festival 56 using that space each summer to build their Shakespeare in the Park stage. She said the local theater company will still be able to use the leveled-off lot for their outdoor sets.

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