Garden springs up in just one day, thanks to community volunteers
At Community Heroes Park, 82nd Avenue and Simms Street, a beautiful xeriscape garden materialized on August 19, thanks to more than 70 volunteers who turned out to place over 600 plants in the ground and move 50 tons of rock mulch. Thanks to them and to the sponsors who supported the event: Welby Gardens Co., Gerber Green Care, Beau Jo’s Pizza, 5340 Coffee and Firehouse Subs. Technical design support was provided by Matt Wilgenbush, Em Dub Design LLC, and Matt Corian, Outdoor Design Group.
This community build day marked the completion of this multi-phase project: a 5 ½-acre demonstration garden featuring native and drought tolerant plants and a trail system. The unique and beautiful showcase of native plants also offers educational opportunities for visitors to the garden. Earlier work included consultation with landscape architects and Denver Botanic Gardens staff on the park’s design and content, and a nearby rock crevice garden was installed by Apex PRD staff.
Staff also played a central role in bringing the successful Community Build Day to fruition. The event was the focus of the 2017 Special Project team, who orchestrated the entire project with the help of Matt Wilgenbush and Matt Corian. Members of this dedicated and hard-working team were Justin Maillet, Scott Bullock, Alli Milne, Roxie Augustine, Brodie McCafferty, Laura Schwenker and Jay Mauer.
Funding for the project also came from a February 2016 matching grant from Jeffco Open Space. “This grant award allowed Apex PRD to complete this amenity: a one of a kind xeriscape demonstration garden,” said Apex PRD Executive Director Lauri Dannemiller. “We thank Jeffco Open Space the citizens of Jefferson County, and last but not least, these passionate and energetic volunteers, for bringing this incredible community asset to completion.”
For more information about the project, and about recent renovations to the neighboring Simms Street Recreation Center, visit apexprd.org.