Franklin Celebrates ‘Great Places’ Designation

| August 10, 2017

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – Two special places in the City of Franklin were recently recognized by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association.

(Photo captured by Greg Knox of Bright Ideas Learning Center & Photography)

Fountain and Bandstand Parks were recognized as a Great Public Space through the Great Places in Pennsylvania Program.

“We’re are very honored to receive the honor, and it’s a great addition to our honor in 2010 by the National American Planning Association,” Ronnie Beith, Franklin’s Events and Marketing Coordinator, said.

“It paints us in a positive light.”

“We’ve always felt our parks are great places to visit and enjoy. We’ve come a long way with them, and we’re always with events in the parks.”

The program, launched in 2014, recognizes memorable places throughout the state. Great Places have a sustainable vision for the future and serve as a model for other communities, according to the association.

All of the designated Great Places demonstrate the rewarding results that occur through community partnerships, planning, and dedication.

The Franklin parks were envisioned in the 1795 urban plan for the city and border the main street in the heart of the city.

Prominent features are the 1896 Egbert Memorial Fountain and the 1866 Civil War monument, as well as the bandstand where Franklin’s Silver Cornet Band has played for more than 160 years.

The parks are a popular place for relaxing, strolling, chess matches, and picnicking, as well as a hub for celebrations, festivals, and events that attract 175,000 visitors annually.


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