The North Bend Eagle

 

Finally funds to finish paving path

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 5/18/22

President of the nonprofit Tree Board Bob Feurer has announced that the $50,000 goal to complete the cement path around the arboretum has been reached. Feurer also serves as curator of the Franklin-Cotterell Greens Arboretum

Funds totaling $30,000 were recently awarded from the Fremont Area Community Foundation. Previously the North Bend Area Community Foundation awarded $5,000 toward the project, the Lower Platte North NRD has awarded $10,000 and the North Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, $5,000.

On May 13 Feurer mailed eight envelopes to concrete contractors seeking bids.

“I’m not certain what will happen with bids with inflation, workforce availability, and someone said cement shortages, but we’ve done what we can do to get the project moving forward,” Feurer said.

The path around the arboretum has been a three-decade project with the first stretch paved in August 1991, a handicap loop connected to the former care facility. The concrete path around the football field, 0.4 miles, was laid in two phases in 2007 and 2009. The paths are eight feet wide to meet federal regulations and to allow for two bikes or four walkers.

A concrete path north of the stadium was first proposed in 2012. Feurer said recent additions of the workout stations and nine-hole disk golf course gave him impetus to complete the paving to make the area more accessible.

“Recent additions haven’t truly impacted the original architect’s rendition all that much,” Feurer said. “It will still be a great addition to the community.”

Anyone who would like to donate to the project or arboretum can do so through the Fremont Community Foundation website here.

 

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