Temple: City purchases downtown park space outside library

Renderings show tree stumps for guests to sit on as they read, with statues around the park featuring classic storybook characters like from such works as “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and “Charlotte's Web.” (City of Temple)

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) The Temple City Council has approved the purchase of land downtown across from the city's library.

The city says it doesn't have formal plans in place for the $85,000 tract, but after visiting cities around the state, the city manager’s office liked the idea of a library park, titled Storybook Grove.

"To be able to find open park space in downtown is just one thing, and then being able to create something like this that will be a place for families and visitors from around the state to be able to enjoy when they're here in our city," City spokeswoman, Laurie Simmons said.

Renderings show tree stumps for guests to sit on as they read, with statues around the park featuring classic storybook characters like from such works as “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and “Charlotte's Web.”

The timeline and costs associated with the project aren’t yet available.