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The mission of the Franklin-Cotterell Greens Arboretum is to serve the North Bend community as a showcase of adaptable landscape plant specimens and to be the center of educational activities for all ages in matters of arboriculture.


A donation from BnE will help complete about half of the trail paving project.

Read Eagle coverage of the completion and dedication of phase one.

Read Eagle coverage of launching of the pavement project.

A waterfall scene, part of the North Bend Arboretum

Paving a Path for the Future:
The Franklin-Cotterell Greens Arboretum trails paving project

Grass paths
Most of the trails in the arboretum are now grass, dirt or woodchips.

The Franklin-Cotterell Greens, more commonly known as the North Bend Arboretum, lie on the grounds of North Bend Central high school in the northwest corner of North Bend. It was begun in 1991 and now features over 1,000 trees and shrubs of over 115 different species and cultivars. With the landscaping and trail system already in place, the Arboretum was a natural place to begin a city-wide trail system.

Most of the trails now in the North Bend Arboretum are grass, dirt or woodchips. The goal now is to raise funds to cover the mile-long trail with pavement. The pavement will be eight feet wide, giving walkers plenty of room to walk side by side and bikers room enough to pass slower moving traffic. The pavement would also provide greater accessibility to disabled citizens and give people a consistent, clean surface to walk or jog on.

trail plans
Click on the image above to enlarge the plans for the paved trails in the arboretum.

Phase one of the paving project was completed and dedicated in August 2007 and connects the North Bend Central football stadium and track to the parking lot. Click here to read the Eagle's coverage of the dedication and opening of phase one.

Also already complete is an 880-foot loop in the southeast corner of the Arboretum which connects to nearby Birchwood Manor.

Help still needed

Help is still needed to turn this vision into a reality. To make a tax deductible donation, please send your name and address along with your donation to the address below. If you would like to dedicate your donation in memory of a loved one, please included that information as well. Donations can be sent to:

North Bend Community Arboretum
c/o Platte Valley Bank
P.O. Box 500
North Bend, NE 68649

paved trail
An 880-foot loop of the trail in the southeast corner of the arboretum is already complete and connects to nearby Birchwood Manor.

All contributions of 25 dollars or more will be recognized with a donor plaque upon completion of the new trail. The North Bend Community Arboretum is an IRS 501-C3 non-profit organization. All donations made to the Arboretum are tax deductible. The following categories give you a better idea how much trail could be built with your donation:

Fourth and inches: $20 - 1 foot of trail
Third and short: $60 - 1 yard
Second and goal: $600 - 10 yards
Touchdown: $6,000 - 100 yards

The History

The site of the North Bend Arboretum was a farm field until 1968, when North Bend Central Jr.-Sr. High was conceived. Much of the 22 acres of the site was maintained as turf lawn and athletic fields until a grant from the Nebraska Community Landscape Improvement Program and matching local funds allowed development of the arboretum. Planting of the first trees began in 1991 and was completed in the spring of 1992.

The Present

Currently, 3,200 feet of woodchipped nature/walking trails traverse the site west and south of the high school. On the east side of the high school, an outdoor classroom area features four native grass plots attempting to demonstrate the short, mixed and tall prairies originally found in Nebraska. A pond, water garden and waterfall, wild flower plot and display area can also be found in this location. Disease, pest and weed control, as well as regular mowing, is contributed by the school district of North Bend Central and its staff. The planting and subsequent pruning and maintenance of the specimens is undertaken by the North Bend Community Arboretum committee and various community volunteers. NBC science teacher Bob Feurer serves as curator of the arboretum.

The Future

A new city-wide trail is currently in the early stages of planning. A public trail system linking key locations within the city would provide additional recreational and transportation opportunities. Walking, running, and cycling could be enjoyed in a safe environment away from the hazards of the city streets and the automobiles which use them. Future plans include connecting the golf course, the high school, the city park, the elementary school and the Veterans Memorial Park. These areas have been identified as destination points which citizens already visit. As the city continues to grow and expand, so too will the opportunity for new destination points.

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