FULTON Ill. — A possible property donation and expansion of Heritage Canyon is in the works for the city of Fulton and surrounding area.
The estate of the late Arliss Andresen has been donated to Fulton by her brother Harold Andresen, pending discussions and agreements between city officials and him.
The Andresen home is adjacent to Heritage Canyon and is connected to the park by a line of timbers. City officials hope to utilize this property as an educational center in conjunction with Heritage Canyon.
"This gift could greatly enhance what we already have there," City Administrator Randy Balk said.
Use of the house itself will be for classrooms, while the rest of the property will be used for parking, recreational trails and nature preservation.
The city is planning to work with the Whiteside County Soil and Water Conservation Board to provide programs regarding trails, preservation, wildlife studies and other educational topics.
According to legal documents presented by the Fulton City Council, the city will pursue grants to enhance the property and the house.
"The home would need a little TLC, but we are not sure what we will do with it at this point," Balk said.
Donation of the estate happened in October and since, Andresen has been communicating plans with city officials. The biggest issue moving forward has been the agreement on tree preservation.
"He is concerned we will put too much parking on the property," said Balk, adding there are no plans to tear down any of the timber except for removal of dead or damaged trees.
Andresen is waiting to approve the donation until the city presents him a map including dimensions of a parking area and a small drive the city plans to put in.
"I have only allowed so much room for parking. I just want to be sure what they have and what I have are the same," Harold said. "Once I give my final OK, within the next couple of days, everything should go through."