More than two dozen walkers and tree-gazers took part in Frankfort's first Tree Walk along the 2nd Street corridor on April 2. Coordinated by the Franklin County TREE Coalition with assistance from Walk/Bike Frankfort, it's hoped that the project will initiate a series of walking tours throughout the community highlighting trees and other attractions. Chris Schimmoeller of the Coalition emphasized that education and appreciation are the foundations for preservation
The walk began at the Frankfort Tourist Office on a clear, crisp evening. A huge Gingko tree on the grounds of the Tourism office was the first stop of the walk and tour members learned that Gingko trees date back to the time of dinosaurs!
In addition to trees, the tour included the recently completed native plant gardens at Investor's Heritage; the permeable parking lot at the Public Safety Building; and a solar collector on the roof of City Hall.
Volunteers provided tasty snacks for both before and after the walk and plans were formed to make the TREE Tour an annual event. For more information on organizing a tree tour in your neighborhood, please contact the Franklin County TREE Coalition at www.franklin.ca.uky.edu/tree.
For a brochure of three color-coded Walk For Life Wellness Walks already
established in downtown Frankfort (follow the colored arrows on sidewalks),
check for copies at the Frankfort Tourist Office or the Capital City Museum or
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