Thursday, June 13, 2024

In the Public Square Today

Three test pits were dug in the Public Square today to discover what is happening beneath the surface.  

Starr Whitehouse, the landscape architects working with FOPS (Friends of the Public Square) on the restoration and renovation of Seventh Street Park, wanted to understand if there was some subterranean reason why tree roots grew so close to the surface and why some of the benches tended to shift position. It was also hoped they might find the cobblestones that paved the area prior to 1878, when the Public Square was beautified to become the park as we know it today. 

The Public Square before 1878
But, alas, the test pits found nothing but dirt and clay.

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