Glenwood Community Garden now has a place to plant roots |

Glenwood Community Garden now has a place to plant roots

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs City Council received a round of applause after it approved a recommendation for a community garden in Glenwood Springs at its March 5 meeting.

While council denied the garden groups’ favored spot of a parcel of land near 23rd Street behind Roaring Fork Anglers fly-fishing shop on Grand Avenue, it did approve a plot of land at the Glenwood Springs Community Center to the delight of interested gardeners.

“It’s a good sunny place with no parking issues,” said organizer Marilee Rippy.

Councilors concluded that the Community Center property, which is to the south of the facility, is a more feasible spot for a community garden because of the location.

The 23rd Street parcel was purchased by the city of Glenwood several years ago for future transportation needs including a future Highway 82 bypass. While that parcel has better soil and will need less preparatory work, Rippy and others were happy with council’s decision.

Rippy said that the Community Center parcel was considered about two years ago by the gardening group, but the Parks and Recreation Commission didn’t approve the site then. So now it’s ironic that the garden ended up at that spot.

“We took no for an answer that time,” Rippy said. “It’s going to be more expensive to amend the soil there, but it’s a really good place.”

Rippy and others know that they will have to come up with some donations and funds to find soil, construct a fence, build a tool shed for storage and create a bulletin board. However, council did approve payment for a water tap for irrigation, the cost of which could exceed the requested $3,000 to pay for site improvements.

Rippy said what makes the approved site better is that there are no parking issues as with the 23rd Street parcel, and it will provide another option for people who visit the Community Center.

Groups are meeting Thursday at the Community Center, the Good Health Store in Glenwood, and at the Glenwood Springs branch library for those interested in applying for a plot. Rippy said that she and Glenwood Parks and Recreation Director Tom Barnes were going to map out the exact parcel this week.

She anticipates gardening to begin in May, but after three years of working toward this goal she can wait a couple of more months.

“This is very exciting, and I think it’s going to be good for Glenwood,” Rippy said.

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