The North Bend Eagle

The mission of the Franklin-Cotterell Greens Arboretum is to serve the North Bend community as a showcase of adaptable landscape plant specimens and to be the center of educational activities for all ages in matters of arboriculture.


Take a look at a slide show featuing the arboretum in all seasons.

See pictures of trail construction of the south loop from the summer of 2009

A donation from BnE helped complete about half of the trail paving project.

Read Eagle coverage of the completion and dedication of phase one.

Read Eagle coverage of the launching of the pavement project.

A waterfall scene, part of the North Bend Arboretum

Paving a Path for the Future:
The Franklin-Cotterell Greens Arboretum trails paving project


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The Franklin-Cotterell Greens, more commonly known as the North Bend Arboretum, lie on the grounds of North Bend Central high school in the northwest corner of North Bend. It was begun in 1991 and now features over 1,000 trees and shrubs of over 115 different species and cultivars. With the landscaping and trail system already in place, the Arboretum was a natural place to begin a city-wide trail system.

Until 2009 most of the trails in the North Bend Arboretum were grass, dirt or woodchips. Now, the goal of raising funds to cover the mile-long trail with pavement is about half compelte. The pavement is eight feet wide, giving walkers plenty of room to walk side by side and bikers room enough to pass slower moving traffic. The pavement also provides greater accessibility to disabled citizens and give people a consistent, clean surface to walk or jog on.

During the summer of 2009 the southern loop around the football field was completed, thanks in part to a large donation by B&E Construction. That completed about half of the planned paved trails through the arboretum. Still in the plans are a loop to the north, around the practice football fields.

Click for here for a bigger mapClick on the image above to get a look at the completed and planned route for the paved trails.

Phase one of the paving project was completed and dedicated in August 2007 and connects the North Bend Central football stadium and track to the parking lot. Click here to read the Eagle's coverage of the dedication and opening of phase one.

Also already complete is an 880-foot loop in the southeast corner of the Arboretum which connects to nearby Birchwood Manor.

Help still needed

Help is still needed to turn this vision into a reality. To make a tax deductible donation, please send your name and address along with your donation to the address below. If you would like to dedicate your donation in memory of a loved one, please included that information as well. Donations can be sent to:

North Bend Community Arboretum
c/o Platte Valley Bank
P.O. Box 500
North Bend, NE 68649

An 880-foot loop of trail in the southeast corner of the arboretum connecting the trails to Birchwood Manor was the first paving to be compelted.

All contributions of $25 or more will be recognized with a donor plaque upon completion of the new trail. The North Bend Community Arboretum is an IRS 501-C3 non-profit organization. All donations made to the Arboretum are tax deductible. The following categories give you a better idea how much trail could be built with your donation:

Fourth and inches: $20 - 1 foot of trail
Third and short: $60 - 1 yard
Second and goal: $600 - 10 yards
Touchdown: $6,000 - 100 yards

The History

The site of the North Bend Arboretum was a farm field until 1968, when North Bend Central Jr.-Sr. High was conceived. Much of the 22 acres of the site was maintained as turf lawn and athletic fields until a grant from the Nebraska Community Landscape Improvement Program and matching local funds allowed development of the arboretum. Planting of the first trees began in 1991 and was completed in the spring of 1992.

The Present

Currently, 3,200 feet of nature/walking trails traverse the site west and south of the high school, with a little more than half of that covered in pavement. On the east side of the high school, an outdoor classroom area features four native grass plots attempting to demonstrate the short, mixed and tall prairies originally found in Nebraska. A pond, water garden and waterfall, wild flower plot and display area can also be found in this location. Disease, pest and weed control, as well as regular mowing, is contributed by the school district of North Bend Central and its staff. The planting and subsequent pruning and maintenance of the specimens is undertaken by the North Bend Community Arboretum committee and various community volunteers. NBC science teacher Bob Feurer serves as curator of the arboretum and volunteers many hours maintaining the trails and plant life.

The Future

A new city-wide trail is currently in the early stages of planning. A public trail system linking key locations within the city would provide additional recreational and transportation opportunities. Walking, running, and cycling could be enjoyed in a safe environment away from the hazards of the city streets and the automobiles which use them. Future plans include connecting the golf course, the high school, the city park, the elementary school and the Veterans Memorial Park. These areas have been identified as destination points which citizens already visit. As the city continues to grow and expand, so too will the opportunity for new destination points.

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