Residents’ input sought for community project

Published 5:56 pm Friday, May 10, 2019


The City of Franklin is involved in a grant-funding project of the Obici Healthcare Foundation. This foundation is a private, independent entity unrelated to any other health organization. Its mission is to improve the health status of the people living in the service area by supporting programs which have the primary purpose of preventing illness and disease.

Because of its role to promote through both facilities and citywide programs a variety of recreational and leisure type activities to enhance the physical, mental social and educational growth for residents of the Franklin community and surroundings areas in planning/developing active, physical programs and activities in the Franklin community, the Franklin Department of Parks & Recreation was chosen as the lead organization to advance this project.

The City was recently awarded funding from the foundation to build a group of partners with whom can be worked with toward obtaining a multi-year grant to enhance healthy behaviors in the city. This group will be a part of building a citywide coalition of people and agencies who will come together around one idea: Increasing the health of the residents of the Franklin vicinity.

On May 1, the department chaired a luncheon meeting of special invited groups of the Franklin area to receive input about their views on a citywide project to promote good health & wellness for all. Much input was given by those in attendance for the meeting.

The next step of the process requires the department to receive input from the general public. A meeting date of Wednesday, May 22, at 6 p.m., has been set for this community meeting that will be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. All interested citizens of the Franklin community are invited to attend this meeting and give their input into this project. During this meeting, staff of the department & the Obici Healthcare Foundation will be present to receive the input.

Light refreshments will be served during this meeting.

For questions or additional information about this project, contact Sammara Bailey at 562-2475.