Letter to the Editor August 10, 2016

Dear Editor,
I wanted to take time to give my opinion as to the future of the “green space” available at the NW corner of Division St. and Birch Av. It is my understanding there is a proposed use as a “Town Square” or to sell to a new business prospect. If it was to be sold for a business, it would just be one of several quite small businesses in our downtown. Any business wanting to build and be part of our community is appreciated. However, this space is the only space left to create a Town Square. Below is the Wikipedia definition for a Town Square. I believe it depicts well why a square would best accent the businesses we do have in Down Town Maple Lake as well as the local Citizens.
David Rivers

A town square is an open public space[1] commonly found in the heart of a traditional town used for community gatherings. Other names for town square are civic center, city square, urban square, market square, public square, piazza, plaza, and town green.
Most town squares are hardscapes suitable for open markets, music concerts, political rallies, and other events that require firm ground. Being centrally located, town squares are usually surrounded by small shops such as bakeries, meat markets, cheese stores, and clothing stores. At their center is often a fountain, well, monument, or statue. Many of those with fountains are actually called fountain square.