Mayor Jensen's message
I have been thinking a lot lately about all the things I am grateful for. Seeing the veterans banners as I drive down Detroit Road is one of them. Each time I drive that stretch of road, it is impossible not to think of their sacrifices and be reminded of how grateful I am for each of them. We owe every veteran, not just those on the banners, a debt we can’t possibly repay. Looking at those banners reminds me of that. As I drive through the center of town, I also notice all the flowerpots, filled with beautiful flowers. These are thanks to the French Creek Foundation and volunteers who choose to use their time to help beautify our downtown area. I am thankful they care so much about our City.
Something else that has made me really think about how grateful I am is when I walk through the 35-acre Traxler-family property off Stoney Ridge Road that the City is hoping to own very shortly. This is a really unique parcel of land. There's an old bridge on this property, and the view from the bridge is beautiful. As you walk further into the site, you reach an opening where you see farmland, reminiscent of the time when Avon was almost entirely farmland. Looking north, you can see the steeple of St. Mary's Church, which looks like a picture postcard. We plan to preserve the area as an arboretum because it was once a tree farm and many different trees can be found on the property. I remember walking through those woods as a kid and not being able to see the sky because the tree canopy was so thick. As I walk this property now, I am struck by the quiet and peacefulness of nature and it is impossible not to be reminded of all the things in my life that I am so grateful for.
Speaking of parkland, by the end of this year, we will have another new park with walking paths adjacent to the Avon Isle off Detroit Road. Once owned by the Lustri family, this land is nearly 49 acres of a heavily wooded area. The Lorain County Metro Parks purchased this land and will be working on establishing the walking paths throughout it. The French Creek runs through this property, as well as through the Traxler property.
I'm so grateful for the members of the City Council and our city staff. As for purchasing parkland, the credit belongs to them for making these opportunities a reality. It would be impossible for me to do this alone. Our team works hard to stay focused on what is important, which is serving the residents of Avon. Perhaps I don't say it enough, but I am grateful for their loyal and dedicated service. I'm proud of what we have done so far and look forward to accomplishing many more things in the coming years.
As we enter the last few weeks of summer, I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, spend time at our pool and parks, and reflect on all that you are thankful for in your own life. Like my Mom always said, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one.”
It is an honor and blessing to serve as your Mayor,
Bryan K. Jensen
Mayor, City of Avon