Once the Village completed the critical task of removing the
chain link fence and locating a new more decorative fence 20-feet closer
to the curb, the FPCS began the process of transforming the
debris-strewn storm basin and teen hangout into a future passive
100 damaged and poor quality trees were removed in the area near the new
Village’s Public Works crew constructed the ˝ mile pathway adjacent
to the fence for walking and jogging.
The pathway will be the site of extensive and diverse plantings
in the coming years starting this fall.
100 truckloads of broken glass and debris were picked up by the hundreds
of volunteers who came to FPCS clean-up days.
year 2000, the FPCS received the designation as a White House
‘Millennium Trail’ for the new trail that was installed as part of
the jogging and walking path. Additionally,
the FPCS received a Kodak Award grant of $2,000 for planning the project
and achieving educational objectives.
*The FPCS became a member of the Wildlife Habitat Council in
September of 2000. A
biologist from the WHC visited the site and prepared a master plan that
incorporates many desirable improvements in the area.
October 28th, 2000, the Village officially named the area
“Centennial Gardens & Bird Sanctuary” in a moving dedication
development of a wildflower meadow, over 100 feet in length and width,
has been completed and will be supplemented each fall and spring.