Mayor Don Roberts delivers Edgerton’s State of the City address to a full house at City Hall on Feb. 21 Staff photo by Albert Rukwaro

Albert Rukwaro
Special to The Gardner News
Downtown Edgerton will soon boast a new gathering place for residents if plans outlined by Don Roberts, mayor, during his state of the city address come to fruition.
During his address on Feb. 21, Roberts said that downtown Edgerton holds a special place in his heart and that the Greenspace is the right place for the city to build a new gathering place.
“Both the Downtown Edgerton Plan and the Parks Master Plan confirm what residents have always known. The Greenspace is the right place for the city to build a new gathering place for our community,” he said.
Currently the Greenspace is used for such events as the Mayor’s Christmas tree and the popular auction during Edgerton Frontier Days event.
Roberts said the facility, when completed, would offer space to host community events such as Senior Lunch, Boy and Girl Scout meets, visits from Santa and serve as an emergency shelter during inclement weather.
He said the city plans to hold a public open house for residents to offer input on what types of amenities they would prefer in the facility.
“Please mark your calendar for Thursday, April 4. We invite all residents to come, bring your family and friends, your neighbors and community members of all ages and help plan the future of the Greenspace for the next generation of Edgerton residents,” he said.
He said that last year the city conducted a community survey in which 200 households participated and identified streets, trails and parks as areas the city should prioritize.
“This feedback from residents has driven significant investment in these quality of life areas over the last several years including an aggressive annual street maintenance program and the upgraded park amenities,” he said.

Graphics courtesy of the City of Edgerton

In the last year the city applied 12,074 square yards of Ultra-thin Bonded Asphalt Surface (UBAS) covering several streets in the city.
“With completion of the 2018 annual street maintenance program, the city has performed maintenance on 92 percent of the residential streets eligible for these activities,” he said.
Roberts said that the city welcomed the opening of the Big Bull Creek Park by the Johnson County Parks and Recreation District which, at 2,060 acres is the largest park in the county.
The city also upgraded the ball fields at Martin Creek Park and plans to use capital improvement funds to improve and expand the trail network at the park.
The mayor said the city will also complete a nearly half mile trail project along the south side of highway 56 from West 8th Street to First Street which will allow residents to walk or bike to Edgerton Elementary and the new Dollar General store.