Is veterans plan right for Traxler?
The Janesville Patriotic Society proposes adding to the city’s largest cluster of monuments, in Traxler Park. The veterans group plans fundraisers for the project and would request no tax money. The plan would create walkways and spread monuments into the southern half of the park’s northernmost grassy circle, far south of current monuments. The patriotic society has abandoned an earlier plan to relocate to Traxler the monuments from other areas of the city, such as the Corn Exchange.
The city council will review the patriotic society’s proposal Monday. The plan commission reviewed it Feb. 28 and forwarded an unfavorable recommendation. Commissioners agree with city staffers who believe the sprawling plan would fragment the north circle and limit recreational activities for other users.
Tom Stehura of the patriotic society says veterans want to provide a serene setting for services, enhance handicap accessibility to monuments and create an attractive setting for more monuments that might draw visitors and educate the public about the contributions of veterans.
What do you think? Are the concerns of the plan commission and city staffers valid or overblown?
We’ll share our perspective in our editorial Sunday.
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