POLISH UP TAYLOR PARK INITIATIVE
As part of Traer’s upcoming 150th year, the Sesquicentennial Committee along with the Taylor Park Landscaping & Beautification Committee is focusing on a long-term landscaping and beautification initiative in Taylor Park - we’re calling it ‘POLISH UP TAYLOR PARK’. Our project goals are to see Taylor Park blossom as a vibrant centerpiece of Traer once again. Our plan, in phases, is for a long-term overall landscape design including trees, shrubs, flowers, plants, hardscape, and other landscaping features, as well as maintenance of the Gazebo/Bandstand and Entrance Archway/Monument.
Taylor Park is a central feature of Traer and since the derecho and other wind events, many areas including the trees, shrubbery, flowers, plants, and hardscape features have fallen into disrepair. Take a walk through the park and you’ll get the picture. With our new shelter house and swimming pool attractions, it’s a great time to bring these other areas of the park up to par. Taylor Park can and should be a showcase of our town.
Here are our objectives:
• Consult with Iowa State University’s Community Design Lab group to assess park grounds and areas in need of renovation
• Develop a long-term plan for several phases of landscaping and beautification including: tree/shrub/plant selections, hardscaping, cost estimates, maintenance considerations, etc
• Stir enthusiasm in the community for folks that are interested in helping out with planning, planting, and maintenance responsibilities in the future
• Work with the City of Traer to finance the project in phases
• Seek grant funding and local fundraising to support Polish Up Taylor Park in the future
• Initial planting of some flowers/bulbs/shrubs to be in bloom for the 2023 Sesquicentennial celebration
• Plan a ‘Plant The Park Day’ for the initial planting of Phase 1 plants/flowers, a chance to inform the community of the long-term landscape plans for the park, and to glean volunteers who will help maintain the landscaped areas
• Partner with our local Master Gardeners and residents with green thumbs
• Involve school kids to educate and involve them in giving back to the community
Although a complete project scope assessment and cost proposal has not yet been performed for Taylor Park, the committee is getting a jump start for summer/fall 2022 in preparation for initial park beautification and improvements for Traer’s Sesquicentennial celebration in 2023.
All residents and visitors, young and old, benefit from a green space they are proud to stroll in, play in, picnic in, and hold events in. Green spaces increase the quality of life for a community and the value and pride we have in our land.
The Sesquicentennial Committee and the Taylor Park Landscaping & Beautification Committee see this as the beginning of a legacy community project to keep Taylor Park in peak condition as an investment for future generations.