Feeding Many community garden, orchard all a go

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By Deborah Swearingen

After weeks of back-and-forth discussion, the Feeding Many community garden and orchard project is officially a go. Foothills Park and Recreation District and Feeding Many reached a contract agreement last Thursday, and Kendallvue Elementary School has organized a groundbreaking ceremony to be held Friday afternoon.

The project is a joint effort between Feeding Many and Foothills. It will develop a garden and orchard in a plot of land at Weaver Creek Park on South Cole Street, adjacent to Kendallvue, and will allow for the garden to serve as resource for students and the surrounding communities.

Forward progress on the community garden and orchard slowed a bit recently after a number residents in Morrison’s Friendly Hills neighborhood attended the Jan. 24 Jeffco Planning Commission hearing to voice concerns.

The opposition was unexpected for Foothills Park and Recreation District staff, particularly since the project had been approved in the January board meeting. Regardless, they felt it necessary to take a second look at the project and consider other viewpoints.

“We have to listen to both sides of the argument,” said board president Tim James. “It’s just bad timing that it happened after (the) last meeting.”

Clement Park relighting project

After a month-long bidding process, Foothills will be working with Qualite Sports Lighting, LLC., to provide LED lights at the Clement Park ballfields. The decision was unanimously approved by the board of directors in its Feb. 27 meeting.

Qualite, a Michigan-based company, partnered with Ephesus Lighting to provide lighting for the 2015 Super Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. It also installed LED lighting at the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

“We are very encouraged by the bid and very encouraged by their product,” said executive director Ron Hopp.

The project is estimated to cost $361,000, less than the $450,000 project budget allocated by the district. Plus, installing LED sports lighting fixtures at the Clement Park fields will be energy efficient, ultimately saving the district money. The relighting project was included in Foothills’ grant application to Jeffco Open Space, where the district was awarded $3 million.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.