Frontier Diary |

Frontier Diary

Willa SoncartyRegistrar, Frontier Historical Society and Museum
Photo Courtesy Frontier Historical SocietyOn April 12, 1967, sugar maple trees were planted along the north edge of Sayre Park. The planting of these trees was made possible by a grant obtained by the Glenwood Springs Garden Club from the Sears, Roebuck and Co. Foundation for Community Beautification. Reviewing the plans for Sayre Parks beautification are, from left, Jack Gorsuch, Gene Spear, Lola Gorsuch, Peg Thrall, Glenwood Springs City Manager Al Axtell, Mabel Wood, Rica Arness and Isabel Guild.

Glenwood Springs was a beautiful town. A group of civic-minded women, however, knew the community could be better. On March 21, 1931, these women gathered together to form the Glenwood Springs Garden Club. Their club’s mission simply read, “To stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening; to aid in the protection of native trees, plants and birds; and to encourage civic plantings.”The women of the Garden Club met regularly, and over the years worked tirelessly to beautify Glenwood Springs using the best nature could offer. In 1966, the members turned their attention to their most ambitious project in the organization’s history. That project was the beautification of Sayre Park.The land that was Sayre Park had been acquired by the city of Glenwood Springs in the 1940s. Recreational facilities were located on the site, but the members of the Garden Club felt that vegetation would invite more use of the facilities. In 1966, the club presented a grant proposal to the Sears, Roebuck and Co. Foundation for Community Beautification. Their proposal included soil improvement and the planting of grass on the park’s north side. Maple trees, flowering crab apple trees, blue spruce trees, and forsythia bushes were to be planted along the park’s edges.The club received the grant, and work began in April 1967. The grant paid for the plants, supplied by Glenwood Nursery. To match the grant, the city provided the labor and materials to install the new lawn. The Kiwanis Club and the Lions Club furthered the match with their construction of picnic tables and picnic shelters. The noble efforts to beautify Sayre Park made by the ladies of the Glenwood Springs Garden Club were not in vain. While many of the plantings initiated by the grant did not survive, the garden club’s vision and energy created an inviting place for future recreation and repose.”Frontier Diary” is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Monday and Thursday through Saturday.

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