Carvings to find home on river walkway

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Four wood carvings created last fall as a fundraiser for the Redevelopment Authority should finally find a home along the Mullet River walkway soon.

The RDA Thursday approved placing the carvings along the walkway just south of downtown after struggling for a year over what to do with them.

The carvings, which were made during the Oktoberfest celebration at the Plymouth Arts Center, were scheduled to be auctioned off or sold during that event.

But there were no bidders or buyers for them and the RDA eventually purchased them. They are currently located at the Outdoor Aquatic Center in City Park, but City Administrator Brian Yerges explained that the center will be closing for the season at the end of August and a new home will have to be found for them.

Riverwalk Development subcommittee chair Jan Cecka, who spearheaded the carving event, told the RDA he had approached the Park Board about placing them in Huson Park along the walkway and that the board was receptive to the idea.

“The idea is to put them down there and get an idea if the public likes them there,” Cecka said.

RDA member Carole O’Malley said other efforts should be made to improve and upgrade the walkway before placing the carvings there.

“If they sit there too long before we do other things (on the walkway) so people do use it, those things will look shopworn. It’s like putting jewelry on before putting your underwear on,” she said of placing the carvings on the walkway.

“I think we put things down there and the trail develops from there,” RDA member Mike Haucke countered.

“I’d love to see that be another enhancement,” to the walkway, RDA member David Williams added. “”I think it’s been neglected too long. Any increase we can get along that riverwalk is good for Plymouth.”

The RDA approved the riverwalk location for the carvings unanimously, directing Cecka to make sure they are treated to withstand weather and to install concrete stands for them.

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