Former City Manager Honored Through Park Dedication
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) There's a new park in town. City officials dedicated a park in honor of the city's former City Manager, Tom Courtney and his wife, Mary.
Tom Courtney, Former Twin Falls City Manager says, "this is a very humbling and overwhelming experience. Something that neither one of us could have ever imagined."
What's been an ongoing effort for a decade, finally came to fruition Friday. Courtney Conservation Park, landscaped entirely with native grasses, shrubs and flowers. City officials say they built the park to promote native landscaping and other forms of landscaping to conserve the area's water supply.
Dennis Bowyer, Twin Falls Park and Recreation adds, "you don't have to have that beautiful Green Kentucky Blue Grass in your front yard, you can have some native grasses that will use less water, that you don't have to water as often and also has a lot of plants and shrubs that use less water."
During his time as City Manager of Twin Falls, Tom Courtney was known for his work in promoting conservation in the area. Now this park is reflective of his efforts."
Twin Falls City Mayor Greg Lanting says, ""he's just been a leader in conservation for the City of Twin Falls and a lot of these things we're able to do now are actually a result of the conservation measures that we put in under his leadership in the past."
Walking through the park, you'll find tags marking the different types of plants and shrubs...A place to relax, but a model of conservation in southern Idaho.
The total cost of Courtney Conservation Park is roughly $121,000. According to the city public information officer, 45,000 goes towards new curbs and sidewalks as required by city code. The rest of the money was paid to Conservation Seeding and Restoration for landscaping the property and installing an underground irrigation system.