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Beginning January 2, 2019, our Visitor’s Center, Greenhouse, and its surrounding original gardens will be closed due to ongoing construction. This closure will ensure safety and security of our site, staff, and project team. Construction is expected to last 8-9 months, pending weather and other unknowns. The Gardens’ closure is anticipated to be January 2, 2019 through grand opening in fall 2019.
Beginning April 1, 2019, the new gardens (Themed Gardens, Great Lawn, Undaunted Garden, Prairie and Foothills) and the Rock Garden will be open! Our popular annual Spring Plant Sale will continue Mother's Day 2019 in the new Great Lawn.
November 13. 2017:
Michelle Provaznik gives a short summary of the launch of construction
The final completion of the expansion was accomplished in August 2018, including final grading/draining, electrical, ADA accessibility, and finishing touches on the stage. Final site occupancy was issued in the latter part of August. The Horticulture team has finalized their activation plan for amending the soils, grading, irrigation, and planting trees, large woody plants, followed by perennials. Volunteer groups began to assist in large sections of the gardens to mulch and plant. The site remains closed to the public due to this sensitive planting.
Final building activities on site occurred in June -- getting us very close to the end of construction! Site electrical continued this month, along with sidewalk grading, crusher fine pathways, drain and hydrant installation, and bike parking grading. Sprinkler installation, continued grading of the Undaunted Garden, and more trees were planted along the pathways on site. Completion of the project is in sight!
In May, many final activities were taking place on site to get the project close to completion. The boardwalk was constructed, light poles installed along pathways, and concrete sidewalk construction continued to connect the garden areas. Trees were planted in our Cafe Grove and near our sound walls, and electrical work is nearing completion. Flagstone patio installation began and will continue in June in the Foothills and the Undaunted Garden.
Significant progress was made on site this month. The completion of the sound wall construction, stage roof and supports, and framing of the backside of the stage set occurred. Stucco sound proofing material was applied to the stage walls. Throughout the five acres, sidewalks are beginning to take shape and the construction of pergolas over walkways are taking form - specifically in the raised bed gardens and over the patio area in the Undaunted Garden. Electrical connections were continuing from the stage to the main hub in the building were continuing on site. Minimal weather interruptions kept the crews on schedule and making great movement towards the finish of the project this early summer.
The stage and surrounding western sound walls are a major focus of construction this month. Three twenty foot sound walls have been constructed to envelope the stage and to buffer the adjacent neighborhoods from noise. The steel supports for the overhang structure on the stage have been poured and are being prepped for the 70-foot overhang structures to be placed. Electrical trenching has been in process this month along with continued rock work in the raised garden bed areas. The Foothills and Undaunted Garden's boulders have been placed and are beginning to mark the structure of each of the gardens. A dry creek stream bed connects from under the Great Lawn to the Wetland area in the event of a flooding storm. The water will flow away from the lawn towards our wetland area where the water will have room to collect and flow away from the site.
Great progress is being made on our themed garden rock work and pathways this month. The drystack walls for each themed garden are being built. The stage wall has cured and now the surrounding areas are being filled and tamped. Electrical power is scheduled to be trenched from the Visitor's Center to the stage area. Many large evergreen trees have been relocated from Colorado State University's Hughes Stadium to our site, making a dense tree grove in the NW corner of our site.
Excavation continues on site with the base of the foundation of the stage taking priority. Much progress has been made on the stage footings and walls, which were formed and poured. In addition the beginning forms of the drystack rock walls are beginning to take shape for our main garden pathways. Topography of the site continues to take shape in the Foothills, Prairie, and Undaunted Garden. All building permits were received this month!
The weather has been fantastic for progress being made at The Gardens. Topography of the site is beginning to take shape, with much of the "dirt piles" now forming garden berms. Yard stick colored poles mark the borders, pathways, and garden beds. At the end of the month, many large trees were dug and re-located from one side of the Gardens to the other to make room for the stage and other gardens planned in the expansion.
The project kicked off with a ceremonial groundbreaking on November 7, 2017. Dozens of community members and City dignitaries, including Mayor Troxell and City Manager Darin Atteberry, were in attendance to celebrate the momentous occasion. At the close of November, four inches of top soil was scraped and piled to be used later in the project.