KDNK seeks volunteers for landscape prep
KDNK community radio in downtown Carbondale is getting ready for a makeover and will host a volunteer “Demolition Day” starting at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
The radio station purchased the land and building at 76 S. Second St. in December 2011. Since then, KDNK has remodeled the interior, including the addition of the station’s Broadcast Learning Center.
“We looked up and noticed that the outside needs tending, too,” said General Manager Steve Skinner.
The station is seeking 16 volunteers for Sunday to clear the grounds, pull weeds, level areas and remove junk.
The station contacted Genevieve “Gigi” Villamizar, landscape designer with Planted Earth, who will oversee Sunday’s work.
Villamizar recently won an award from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for Genny’s garden in Carbondale.
“The award was for how the landscaping cultivates community and reflects the true spirit of the space and reflects our Western roots,” Villamizar said.
KDNK will have breakfast snacks at 8:30, and volunteers will toil until early afternoon, when lunch will be offered and maybe even a cold beer, according to Skinner.
Volunteers are asked to bring tools such as shovels, rakes and pickaxes. KDNK also is looking for a vehicle with a winch that can pull out some stubborn shrubs.
The design promises to make the station grounds welcoming, water efficient, comfortable and a community gem on the outside.
“It’s a going to be fun. The design is something that will help cultivate engagement continually. This is the first step,” Villamizar said.
Said Skinner, “This is a beautiful design from Gigi. It all ties together beautifully, and the area out back will be reminiscent of a really cool campground.”
After the workday, professional crews will install infrastructure for irrigation and gathering areas. And then comes planting. That station will host another workday for that.
Please RSVP to Steve@kdnk.org or call the station at 970-963-0139 if you can participate for some or all of the workday. The station also seeks donations for the project for plants and infrastructure.
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