Rockford, Illinois News

Construction begins on Klehm Arboretum sign project

ROCKFORD — Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden on Tuesday, announced that construction has begun on a monument sign project that will provide enhanced visibility for the non-profit organization’s 155-acres of gardens, grounds and trails, and will also beautify and enhance Rockford’s South Main Street corridor.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently in order to celebrate the occasion.

“Improving our visibility has been a ‘must do’ for our Board of Directors, and thanks to the generosity of our donors and several area businesses, we are accomplishing this top priority in an incredibly attractive and inviting way,” said Executive Director Alex Mills.

The monument signage, consisting of a 64-square-foot limestone sign, as well as lighting and landscaping, has been designed to be highly visible to traffic traveling both directions on South Main Street. According to average daily traffic count data available from the Illinois Department of Transportation, over 11,000 vehicles per day travel past this prominent location.

“We are incredibly pleased to be able to begin this project at a time when there are so many other improvements being made up and down South Main Street, from the recent opening of the Embassy Suites to the new interchange at US Route 20,” Board President Jean Harezlak said. “Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is an important part of the community and the increased visibility will greatly benefit all involved.”

The project is being funded by private donations and through in-kind services provided by Larson & Darby Group, Miller Engineering, Shawcraft Sign Co., Stenstrom Construction Group, Stetson Building Products and Tree Care Enterprises. Landscape design work for the project was accomplished by Arc Design Resources.

About Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is Rockford’s 155-acre “living museum” and operates as a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, membership based organization supported through membership dues, donations, sponsorships, grants, fundraisers and subsidies, in partnership with the Forest Preserve of Winnebago County.


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