'Karl Foerster' grasses to be replaced on Grand
Two years ago, when the Park Department landscaped along Grand Avenue, they planted tall "Karl Foerster" grasses on the ends of the boulevards. The grass, often known as the "feather reed" grass, can grow up to four feet tall and features a colored "feather" at its tip.
Two years later, Park Director Delray Bredehoeft approached the Park Board with plans to replace the grass with another plant material.
"We're hearing talk of visibility problems," Bredehoeft said to the board at Tuesday night's meeting. "It's time we look at a different type of plant material over there."
The current grasses will not be discarded; instead, they will be transplanted and utilized throughout the park areas.
Though they haven't determined what plant will go in its place along Grand Avenue, Bredehoeft said they will look for something "that would not naturally grow so tall."
"We'd like to get something in the two-to-three foot height," Bredehoeft said.
Bredehoeft and the park committee will approach the park board with a potential replacement at a forthcoming meeting.
The price for the project will depend on the grasses they choose. Because the Karl Foerster grasses were included in a larger project, Bredehoeft is unsure how much those grasses cost to install.