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Gordon envisions Bridge of Flowers

Gordon family wants to create Bridge of Flowers

By Betsy Reason, Editor, The Times | Wednesday, July 7, 2021 4:00 AM

Noblesville’s Dick Gordon envisions a beautiful Bridge of Flowers on the new Logan Street Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Noblesville.
The idea actually came from his daughter.
Sylvia Gordon, president of Gordon Marketing and who travels all over the United States, while in Massachusetts, she discovered a Bridge of Flowers, and she stopped and visited.“It’s an old bridge that they decorated with beautiful flowers, and it’s a huge tourist attraction. People go there to get their wedding pictures taken and prom pictures taken,” Dick Gordon said. “She was so impressed with it, she took part of her family back to look at it. And they were super impressed.”
Gordon said, “When Hamilton County built the Logan Street Bridge, the walking bridge, which is approximately 15 to 20 feet wide … after watching it for about a year, she thought this would be a fantastic Bridge of Flowers.”
He said, “It would become a tourist attraction for downtown Noblesville.”
Sylvia Gordon actually got her dad involved by asking his opinion. “I thought it would really be worthy for the downtown area of Noblesville,” Dick Gordon said. “And I agreed to help raise the capital.”

He expects the project will require about $200,000 for all of the flower pots and the flowers. It would be run by a committee of people, five or six people. “I already have two outstanding ladies who have a passion for flowers and who have experience in landscaping.”
Dick Gordon proceeded to show me an engineer’s layout of the Gordon family’s plan for the bridge. The renderings are amazing.
He said, “The Bridge of Flowers will have an intent to change to a fall foliage, then change over in the spring to flowers.”
“(Noblesville Mayor) Chris Jensen gave me his approval last December of this idea,” he said. “Then I found out a week later that the county owned the bridges. Then the first of January, I had a meeting with the county commissioners who gave me their approval then.”
To buy the flowers, it may cost about $25,000. “The big thing is watering them,” he said.
“We would want this to be beautiful at all times,” he said.
Dick Gordon said, “We’re in the process of going down the road with this project, but now are waiting on a couple of things from the City (of Noblesville) to see how they’re going to water them. That seems to be the biggest thing that we’ve got to overcome.”
Parks director Brandon Bennett at a May meeting said he likes the idea but sees ongoing maintenance as a concern. He said resources of maintenance need to be confirmed. Bennett also said while the elements would not be permanently installed, they must be secured to prevent vandals from throwing them into the river.
Brenda Myers of Hamilton County Tourism at that meeting in May said the idea fits within the White River Vision Plan and could be phase I of a multi-phase plan.

Peg Adams

Peg Adams is the Chair of the Friends of the Bridge of Flowers. With an extensive background in landscape and a love of flowers, Peg left retirement to help make the dream of this urban garden a reality.

Peg Adams

Peg Adams is the Chair of the Friends of the Bridge of Flowers. With an extensive background in landscape and a love of flowers, Peg left retirement to help make the dream of this urban garden a reality.

Dick Gordon

Dick Gordon is the fundraising chair, you can contact him to become a sponsor at (317) 691-3455

A group of volunteers install the first plantings for the summer of 2021. The full installation should be done by June 2022.