The former Franklin Elementary School site is being transformed into a neighborhood park. Through funding from The Van Wert County Foundation, Scott & Nikki Niswonger, and Van Wert City Parks & Recreation. On schedule for summer 2017, Phase two construction. Contractors will work to construct the pavilion, splash pad, 2-5-year-old playground, and 5-12-year-old playground. Electrical, site lighting, and site amenities will be installed – including benches, trash receptacles, picnic tables, and drinking fountains. Site-specific trees will be planted in the fall of 2017.
The Foundation is offering recognition opportunities for those who would like to create a lasting legacy at Franklin Park. Community members have the opportunity to sponsor a tree, bench, or an engraved brick.