City of Saline to Honor Founder With Plaque in Risdon Park

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 04/01/2019 - 10:30

Orange Risdon, credited as the founder of Saline, will be recognized with a plaque mounted to a rock in the city's smallest park - Risdon Park.

The city's parks commission has been working with the Saline Area Historical Society and the Department of Public Works on the project.

Carla Scruggs, Director of Saline Parks and Recreation, briefly spoke to council about the project Monday. She said members of the historical society developed text for the plaque.

Orange Risdon 1786 - 1876

Founder of Saline Orange Risdon, a government surveyor, surveyed and mapped much of southeastern Michigan including today's US 12 from Detroit to Chicago. He platted the village of Saline in 1834 and served as its first postmaster and as justice of the peace. He and his wife Sally were avid promoters of settlement in the new state of Michigan

The plaque is expected to cost $600 to $1,000. The Department of Public Works is providing the rock to which it will be mounted. Scruggs said the new plaque will be unveiled during Arbor Day activities at Risdon Park, April 26. Lodi Farms has donated an ornamental Japanese liloc tree for the Arbor Day activities.

Risdon Park is located at South Ann Arbor Street and Pleasant Ridge Drive. Mayor Brian Marl said he appreciated the project - not only because of the recognition of Rison.

"I'm always surprised by the number of people who aren't aware that Risdon Park is even park. I've long felt Risdon Park needed some kind of sign or marker to help people recognize what it is," Marl said. "So I'm glad this project has come to fruition."

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