The bit of land next to the town hall parking lot is just bare dirt now. But, by the time the first events of the Orchard City Centennial take place in May, the land will have become a permanent memorial to the first 100 years of Orchard City; a place for the town's citizens to take pride in and enjoy.
During their last work session with landscapers Dan and Ty Williams of The Garden Center, town trustees agreed on the final design for the new park. The bid of $67,600 would be adjusted to accommodate the town's $65,000 budget limit for the project, Dan Williams told the trustees.
Money for the project will come from Colorado Lottery (GOCO) funds that are earmarked for use only on outdoor facilities and recreation projects, trustees say.
Trustees noted concern about the highly alkaline soils on the new park site. But, explained Ty Williams, proper drainage and planting techniques will compensate for those conditions and eliminate damage to plants.
The park design is geared for low maintenance. There will be 100 plantings in the completed design. Grassed areas will be kept to a minimum or eliminated to cut down the feed/water/mow chores.
The design will feature a 24-foot-diameter gazebo, and five-foot-wide, stamped-texture concrete walking paths in earth tone color.
A "memorial wall" is planned on which residents may place individualized tiles, available from the town, that may commemorate the people, families, institutions, and events that have marked the town's first 100 years.
The first Centennial event is scheduled for May 12. The Williamses said they will plan for a May 1 completion date on the park project.
Weather is always a factor in any kind of construction work. If weather permits, Dan Williams said, the entire project can be completed in two or three weeks.
"We'll start as soon as the weather permits," he told the trustees. "We are anxious to get started and create a park that you can be proud of for a long time."blog comments powered by Disqus