COLUMBUS, Ind.–The Columbus Plan Commission on Wednesday expressed general enthusiasm for the idea of a pollinator park in the city’s Pleasant Grove area but voted to continue the examination of parking considerations at its September meeting.
The group spearheading the drive for a pollinator park on the east side, represented at the meeting by landscape architect Rachel Kavathe and interested citizen Eric Riddle, presented the current iteration of its plan which includes parallel parking along the roadway at Pleasant Grove. The concern expressed among commission members was the lack of a buffer between traffic on that street and park visitors getting out of their cars. The commission wants the group to do its homework and consider other options.
The idea for the park arose when the land, purchased by the city from FEMA after the 2008 flood, was determined to be well-suited for a concentration of plants that attract bees and butterflies.