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Published October 07 2013

Forum editorial: Celebrate flowers in parks

As sure as leaves drop in October, the reaction from some quarters regarding expenditures in public parks for flowers has been less than enlightened. An expensive waste, some said. Unnecessary, said others. It’s typical know-nothing whining. People who have their heads right reject such grim and stingy criticism.

Public parks in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo are showplaces in part because of well-planned and well-tended flower beds. The splashes of color that change from spring to autumn accent the shifting shades of green in lawns, ball fields and tree stands. The attractiveness of the parks, whether one is tossing a horseshoe or walking a riverside trail, enhances any park experience.

If ever there was a smart expenditure in the parks, it’s certainly for flowers. If ever there was opportunity for student summer workers to appreciate the beauty their work guarantees, it’s in the parks’ flower beds. The larger parks (Lindenwood along the Red River in Fargo, for example) have spectacular displays. But smaller parks and recreation areas have not been overlooked. Nearly every park in the three metro cities has some sort of display of warm-season blooms.

Two of the indicators a park district does more for park patrons than is minimally required are attention to detail and enhancement of parkland beauty. Flowers are integral to that effort. If it’s an extravagance, it’s routine and welcome. It’s what makes our parks among the best. It’s money well-spent.

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