Franklin Promenade is now open

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CHURUBUSCO — It was an exciting evening in downtown Churubusco on Saturday with the grand opening of the Franklin Promenade alley park.

The park, which is just south of Shroyer’s Hardware store on Main Street (U.S. 33), spruces up the once dilapidated, barely-used alley, making it a place for people to gather and spend time downtown.

The park has seating areas, lighting for evening gatherings and landscaping designed by the Churubusco Elementary School Courtyard Club.

The Courtyard Club is a group of students who went through a special application process. Under the direction of science teacher Liz Schemm, the Courtyard Club members have to maintain leadership qualities and be good school citizens. In total, there are 21 members.

The students researched what kinds of plants would be best for the alley.

Schemm selected several varieties suitable for the park, then the students voted for their favorites. In total, there are about 8-10 different species of plants in the alley park.

Schemm commended Lori Fulk from Shroyer’s for getting the plants in on time and providing discounts for the club. Additionally, the mulch was donated by Bushings.

The Franklin Promenade is the location of the Churubusco Library’s summer concerts, which began Saturday with a performance by Swick & Jones.

Other performances are:

• California Dreamin’: July 20, 6:30 p.m.

• Swick & Jones: Aug. 4, 7 p.m.

• California Dreamin’: Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m.

• Jen & the Foggy Creek Band: Aug. 18, 1 p.m.

• California Dreamin’: Aug. 25, 7 p.m.

The concerts are made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Whitley County.

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