ESCANABA — A member of the Escanaba City Council who requested the use of land owned by the city. “History Garden” I had a hard time getting the support of my peers last week, but this issue may be revisited.
Council member Karen Moore, founder and president of the nonprofit urban beautification group Enhance Escanaba, spoke privately at a regular council meeting on Thursday to approve the council’s use of land in Sand Point, east of the city’s water supply system. I asked you to for the garden.
“It will consist of artifacts representing the rich history of Escanaba, such as trains, railroads, iron ore, ships, and timber. Basically anything related to those subjects. Great for teaching historical facts. It’s a great way to go, and it fits in nicely with the history museum.” Moore spoke to the council standing on a podium used for public comment.
Despite attending the meeting with multiple letters of support from community groups, there were few details about the proposed garden. Moore told the council that the gardens are in the planning stages and require council approval to use the land before seeking the relics and grants needed to develop the gardens.
“I have experience with theme gardens, so trust me. can’t Moore told the council.
The only item Moore specifically cited as a potential feature of the garden was an iron ore train car suggested by a potential donor. Moore didn’t explain how the car would fit into her vision for the space.
“I mentioned the ore car because it was… someone threw it at me and said, ‘We have an ore car in Manistique, so maybe we can get it here.’ . I don’t know if it’s available here. I don’t know if that will happen. That was just one example.” Moore said.
Some of the council “History Garden”. When council member Todd Flatt asked if the council had photos of other historic gardens to help visualize the concept, Moore said there are many types of historic gardens. I said that, but I didn’t give an example.
“There are many different types of historic gardens in America. And they’re based on location, climate, wind conditions, artifact availability. They’re based on all sorts of things.” .” she said.
Beyond suggesting that visitors are given a self-guided tour using QR codes to explain the object, and that all items featured are artifacts rather than replicas, Moore I couldn’t give you any concrete facts about what the garden looks like. A 120ft x 200ft area next to a water plant.
“Right now we’re just saying, ‘We want to use the land, we don’t know how much we need, we don’t know if it’s been funded yet, we don’t know what has been donated. The project is not ready for me.” Council member Tyler Dubord said:
Moore said that the request “Unusual,” However, she reiterated that no subsidy could be sought without permission to use the land.
Rather than deny the request, the council chose to defer discussion of the issue until Moore was able to provide some more detailed information about the project and its future designs.